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Jeff Teague brags on Twitter about helping Wizards beat Pacers

May 6, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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The upstart Hawks might not have beaten the Pacers in their first-round series, but Atlanta sure provided some thrilling moments.

And maybe more?

Hawks point guard Jeff Teague believes Atlanta had a special gift for the Wizards, and tweeted about it while Washington was beating Indiana in Game 1 last night.

Eh, I’m not sold.

The Hawks’ plan centered around spreading the floor and stretching the Pacers’ defense.

In Game 1, the Wizards played 29 of 48 minutes (60 percent) with two big men who can’t shoot 3-pointers. The Hawks did so for three seconds in their entire seven-game series (.01 percent).

And it worked for Washington. Marcin Gortat and Nene beat up Indiana inside, and the Wizards’ outside-shooting big, Drew Gooden, focused on crashing the offensive glass rather than drifting to the perimeter. Washington didn’t even need to dust off stretch-four Al Harrington.

Of course, the Wizards probably learned something from scouting Pacers-Hawks – just as Indiana learned from scouting Wizards-Bulls. Every team gains information from scouting its opponents’ previous series.

More and more, though, it appears the Hawks pushed the Pacers not because of a matchup problem, but because Indiana is a bad basketball team right now. If the blueprint is merely starting a series with the Pacers, well, OK.

  1. timb12 - May 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    If the blueprint was to score more points than the Pacers, then the Wizards need to share some credit.

  2. spthegr8 - May 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    If the Hawks handed out the Blueprint. Then why are they @ home and the Pacers are still playing.?? I thought a Blueprint is supposed to work.??? Just asking.?!?!?!?

    • void96eater - May 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      To be fair, the Hawks were never supposed to be even in this series. The fact that they pushed the Pacers to the brink with their blueprint is significant.

      • spthegr8 - May 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        ^^^ The Wizards aren’t doing the same thing the Hawks did tho. The Hawks were playing small ball, spreading the floor so Teague could go to work and they were jacking up a lot of 3’s. The Wizards play with 2 Big’s and they have a much more balanced offense. Good in transition and can also execute in the halfcourt . So, no. They didn’t create a blueprint. IJS!!! ^^^

  3. sire2334 - May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    This was actually a well informed and factual article…If they wanted to play like the Hawks, Nene and Gortat would’ve been on the bench more and Gooden and Harrington would’ve stretched the floor. and the crazy part about that, is that they can do it if they need. Harrington has been on point all year. It’s crazy to think about the matchups Washington has if needed. I’ll do something I never thought I’d do and give credit to Grundfeld.

  4. davidly - May 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I guess he’s still pretty bitter.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - May 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Eh.. Pacers ended the season 6-9 in their final 15 games, so it’s not like they were playing well coming into the playoffs. I think the Hawks exposed one fault of the Pacers team defensively, but let’s be honest- there are plenty of holes on that defense.

    • davidly - May 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      They have fewer holes in their D than anyone else over the haul. Their biggest defensive hole is their offense. I mean, they held the Wiz to 13 points in the third quarter — but only scored 19 themselves.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Only allowing 13 in the 3rd is impressive, but becomes irrelevant when they allowed 28,28 and 33 in the other 3 quarters.

        And if you look at the final month of the regular season and what they allowed? 94,102,107,102,98,97,86. That is really unimpressive and while it doesn’t reflect the entire season, it reflects the current state of the Pacers.

    • davidly - May 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Yeah, but my point is that this corresponds with an utter collapse in an otherwise already dismal offense. Too many turnovers and questionable shot attempts will wear down the best D eventually.

  6. cruelintentions662 - May 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I’m pretty sure Miami Heat beat them last year in the East Conf. Finals, so was that the blue print as well Jeff Teague.

  7. bougin89 - May 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Except the Wizards aren’t playing anything like the Hawks.

    Right now Roy Hibbert is the Pacers biggest problem. This is a totally different team when he’s playing well(like in game 7). 0 points and 0 rebounds is just not acceptable.

  8. daddyb1gdrawz - May 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    People need to see Roy Hibbert for who he is, an important piece against Miami. Every other team makes Roy look so so.

    • bougin89 - May 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Offensively you’re right but the Pacers need Hibbert to be dominate defensively. They are fine with him averaging 10 pts and 7 rebounds a game as long as he is consistently altering/blocking shots.

    • packergator - May 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Which isn’t going to matter if Indiana can’t get to Miami in the ECF.

    • southbeachtalent - May 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      so so? 0 pts 0 rebs? 5 fouls??

      Literally atrocious.

  9. gostlcards5 - May 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Teague does too much talking. After he torched the Pacers in the first few games, he was not nearly as effective.

    On TV, they were talking about how he was such a quiet guy, but during the games, you could see jawing going on around him a lot.

    Focus on your play, kid, not running your mouth. If you had done that during your series, maybe your team wins.

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