The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the team's second round 2011 NBA Playoffs series on Wednesday thanks to a mediocre offensive effort; the Bulls, who boasted the league's No. 1 defense in the regular season, really cracked down. Al Horford, Jamal Crawford, Marvin Williams and Josh Smith -- outside of Joe Johnson, that's essentially Atlanta's complete offense -- shot a combined 11-45.
You'll notice Jeff Teague was missing from that list. The second-year point guard thrust into the starting lineup due to Kirk Hinrich's injured hamstring has played remarkably well in two games. He hounded MVP Derrick Rose all over the floor in Game 1, and was Atlanta's top scorer (by a mile) in Game 2. Teague racked up 21 points on 7-14 shooting with three assists and zero turnovers. Rose shot just 10-27 and had eight turnovers to 10 assists. (Teague had three steals on those, though Johnson also deserves credit there.)
Given that Teague has been stymied by both Mike Woodson and Larry Drew, and only played nine minutes in the first round, forgive us for being unprepared for the arrival of another young, promising point guard on the scene. But Teague is making his presence felt in this series, and there's a strong chance we'll see a lot more of him next season and beyond.