On Saturday night, with a win over the Miami Heat, the Atlanta Hawks clinched a playoff berth.
Although they lost All-Star Al Horford for the remainder of the season and have parted ways with Joe Johnson and Josh Smith over the last two seasons, they will be back in the postseason.
One of the big reasons they have played better as of late is point guard Jeff Teague, who has stepped up his game.
On Monday, the league rewarded Teague for his play, naming him the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague was today named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 7, through Sunday, April 13. Teague averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 33.8 minutes per game (.509 FG%, .917 FT%) in four games. The Hawks went 3-1 for the week, including wins over Miami and at Brooklyn.
On 4/12 against Miami, Teague tallied 25 points, a season-high tying four steals, four rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes (zero turnovers) as Atlanta clinched a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season (the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference). He accumulated a 3.83 assist/turnover ratio for the week. He led all Eastern Conference point guards in +/- ratio (+37) and made field goals (tied with 27), while ranking second in total steals (seven) and tied for second in made free throws (22).
Teague is averaging 16.6 points, 6.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game this season.