After the Indiana Pacers went down in a blaze of non-glory in Game One against the Atlanta Hawks over the weekend, there was a great deal of finger pointing for the number one seed in the East. However, the single biggest problem for Indy in the game was their complete inability to slow Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, and Indy’s best player, Paul George, believes he may have a solution.
Paul George when asked abt taking a turn defending #Hawks PG Jeff Teague: “Yes, I would love to. Just to change it up, give him a diff look”
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) April 20, 2014
Since George’s comments to Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and fellow swingman Lance Stephenson have been much more coy than George in hiding their plans for Teague, but in reality, this is the only thing that makes sense for Indiana. George is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, and Teague torched the Pacers to the tune of 28 points in the opener while mostly being guarded by Pacers point guard George Hill.
It will be noteworthy to see if George starts the game on Teague, but at the same time, it would be borderline shocking if Frank Vogel didn’t deploy him on Atlanta’s floor general at some point during the night.