ATLANTA --Hawks point guard Jeff Teague may slither elusively to the basket but coach Larry Drew used an unusual metaphor to describe his player nonetheless.
Hes the head of the snake for us, Drew said. When hes going well, chances are, we are, too.
The Hawks Al Horford might have been the NBAs Player of the Week, but Teague arguably is playing the best basketball of his career and it has translated into a league-best five-game winning streak entering Wednesdays game with Charlotte.
Over the last two games, Teague posted 12 and 11 assists, the third time in the short 12 games of the season that Teague has recorded at least that many and at 7.3 per game, he has cracked the top 10 in the league in that category.
While it cant be said that his performance represents a quantum leap over his past production, Teagues assists are up 2.4 per game over his average from last season, equaling an increase of a third.
How does Teague explain it? Well, he doesnt really. Hes too humble.