Teague Earns Second Straight Start

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Coach Drew said after this morning’s shootaround that he will again opt to go with Jeff Teague as the starting point guard when the team faces the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Highlight Factory. That means that Kirk Hinrich will shift over to shooting guard and Joe Johnson will start at the three, while Josh Smith and Al Horford will be faced with the task of keeping Andrew Bogut out of the paint.

“It definitely gives us a different look,” said LD. “We’ll try to combat their size with our speed and our quickness. We can always make the adjustment of going big at any time to defend Bogut.”

The starting assignment for Teague shouldn’t be a surprise after the way he delivered in Saturday’s win over Portland. On top of that, it reinforces Drew’s recent focus on pushing the pace on offense. With Jeff on the floor it adds another gear of speed that turns contested shots in transition into uncontested lay-ups. The types of shots that are coveted when a team is struggling to score in their half-court sets.

A Rare Back-to-Back
The Hawks have not played back-to-back home games on consecutive days since March of 2007, and you would have to look as far back as January of 2003 to find the time before that.

In each case the Hawks swept the pair of games:
March 9, 2007: Atlanta 106 – Memphis 105
(Josh Smith converts a 3-point play w/ 11 sec. remaining for the win)
March 10, 2007: Atlanta 99 – Minnesota 93
(Smoove comes up big again, scoring a then career-high 32 points)

January 10, 2003: Atlanta 85 – Houston 75
(Jason Terry scored a season-high 33 points for Atlanta)
January 11, 2003: Atlanta 87 – New Orleans 80
(Dion Glover hits clutch 3-ptr in closing minutes to seal the win)

Joe in a Headband
Joe Johnson said he will likely wear a headband tonight to protect a “wound” above/behind his right ear. This will be the first time we’ve seen Joe in a headband since the season finale in 2009 when a handful of Hawks regulars sported headbands (Al Horford and Randolph Morris included).