Just when Hawks fans thought it couldn’t get worse than seeing their team lose their seventh game in a row, the worst streak since 2007, it did as starting point guard Jeff Teague injured his left ankle late in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against Washington and did not return.
However, there was good news post-game as Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reported that Teague was not limping in the locker room afterwards and quoted the point guard as saying he’s “All right.
Trailing 107-93 with just under four minutes left in regulation, Teague drove hard to the basket following an Elton Brand pick and attempted a tough one-handed floater over Wizards center Marcin Gortat but got bumped by Gortat midair forcing him to land awkwardly, twisting his ankle on impact. The play resulted in an air ball and no foul was called.
Teague’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as the depleted Hawks were already short two starters with Al Horford out with the season and DeMarre Carroll missing his second straight game with a hamstring strain.
Atlanta is off Thursday but has a back-to-back set the next two nights in Detroit on Friday then home against the Knicks on Saturday.
Hopefully Teague will be good for the Detroit game, but it’s possible the Hawks would elect to leave him behind in Atlanta to get rest and treatment in order to be ready for Saturday’s home game.
If Teague misses time look for backups Shelvin Mack and rookie Dennis Schroder to see extended time at the point mixed in with a bit of Lou Williams as well.
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