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Jeff Teague needs to grow up quick if his Hawks are going to advance.
Jeff Teague, in his second year out of Wake Forest, was thrust into a starting role for this round after an injury to starter Kirk Hinrich. Teague hardly played in the first series victory against the Orlando Magic and is now playing over forty minutes a night against the top seeded Chicago Bulls and MVP Derrick Rose.
Teague needs to find a way, any way, to slow down Rose. Rose has scored 44, 25, and 24 in the three games so far against Teague. Rose, not known for his defense, is allowing Teague to have solid offensive games scoring 21 twice, both losses.
If Teague can't grow up fast and stop Rose from taking over games at will, his Atlanta Hawks have no shot at advancing any further this season. If he can keep his efficient scoring up and keep Rose a little in check then the Hawks still have a shot at knocking off the regular season champs.