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Jeff Teague’s off-balance, one-handed three is all you need to know about Hawks (VIDEO)

Apr 24, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

The Atlanta Hawks are up 2-1 on the Indiana Pacers and in complete and total control of this series.

We’ll be writing more about Indiana’s Jericho-like implosion down the line, but the other part of this series is that Atlanta is doing everything right. The Hawks have matchups that work. They have attacked relentlessly.

And Jeff Teague is hitting shots like this. Even 2006 Kobe Bryant thought that was a tough shot. Yet it was essentially the dagger in this game.

The best part of this video is Teague’s shrug after the shot. Not exactly Jordanesque but it will do.

Yes, Pacers fans, he stepped out of bounds. No, under the current rules that is not reviewable outside the final two minutes. Yes, the NBA should install a challenge system and centralized review to help deal with these kinds of situations. Still, that call is not why you lost this game. The refs are not your problem, your players are.

When shots like this are falling, it feels like destiny. And a looming 1-8 upset.

  1. bucrightoff - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    This is definitely one of the worst collapses ever. Credit to Atlanta for controlling most of the series, but Indiana is just too fragile emotionally right now.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Teague is living in the paint. Give the Hawks credit. They are just flat out kicking Indy’s A$$ right now!!

    • casualcommenter - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      The series isn’t over yet, but it isn’t looking good for the Pacers.
      Before the season, I really liked the Hawks’ offseason moves and thought they had a shot at a top-4 seed in the East if healthy.

      I counted them out due to the Horford injury, but Pero Antic’s three point shooting is making the Pacers’ slow-footed centers very uncomfortable, and Jeff Teague is apparently unguardable unless Paul George is on him full time.

      Part of this is a fully-healthy Pacers’ squad collapsing, and part of it is the Hawks embracing a super-spread identity on offense that’s giving the Pacers’ a lot of issues.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Heat fans call that shot “Tbe Of Course”. As is, of course that (opposing team ‘s) prayer went in.

    • rhetoric1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      This is the basketball Gods getting back at Indiana for calling the dwade 3 out of bounds when he wasn’t.

  3. spthegr8 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    All you need to know is, he stepped out of bounds before shooting the ball. The refs botched that one. & if you we’re watching the game live. The ref was right next to Teague when he shot the ball and STILL missed the call! NBA officiating leaves a SMIDGE to be desired!!

    • kinggw - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      The missed call wasn’t that egregious. You can tell on the replay he was out of bounds, but watching it full speed it looked close but not obvious.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        ^^^ Anyway you wanna spin it. He missed the call and it was a HUGE play. The ref was on top of the play. He shouldn’t have missed that call!! ^^^ The same way Steph Curry just got mugged on the last shot of the Clippers/Warriors game and no call. The refs just proved me right again. The officiating is BAD! I know they won’t be perfect but some of these calls aren’t that hard to make!!! IJS!!!!

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        NO human beings in any sport (NFL, NBA or MLB) can or ever will get every call right…

        Perfection does not exist. Do players make mistakes? Yes, in every game. So do coaches and YES, even refs make mistakes too…

        It’s called being human folks… better get used to it…

  4. prareedoggin - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I’m literally loving this collapse of the regular season champs the team built to beat Miami but never has… Chumps not Champs

  5. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Kevin Calabro’s play by play is straight money. He’s a Seattle legend for his work on Sonics games. Glad to still be able to hear him every now and again doing NBA games.

  6. nyctraffic - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Those big blue birds still have a long way to go, but Teague’s speed and maturing presence give them a decent shot to steal the series.

    • Purpular Ball - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:27 AM

      Big blue birds? I’ve never heard the Hawks called that term before. Why did you say that? Just curious.

      • nyctraffic - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Why did I say that? Because their uniforms are blue and a Hawk is a bird. Why did you think I said that?

  7. prareedoggin - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Lol rhetoric 1 thats right!

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