In Game 1 of the first round Playoff series, Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague tormented the Indiana Pacers as he burned them for a career Playoff-high 28 points.
The most impressive came during the third quarter as he left Evan Turner in knots after a sick step back dribble and hit the ensuing three point shot.
Last night he may have topped it.
With the Pacers making a late surge back into the game and the shot clock winding down, up stepped the fifth year point guard to nail an awkward running 3 pointer on the wing, with Luis Scola draped all over him.
Afterward he jogged back on defense and gave a Jordan-esque shrug whilst doing so. Almost as if to say he didn’t know how he did it. But hey, every shot counts. No matter how lucky it may appear.
That spectacular bit of magic was enough to put a stop to any momentum the Pacers had built up and hammered a nail on the coffin them.
Now the much favoured Indiana Pacers, who finished the season as the best team in the Eastern Conference, are down 2-1 and in real danger of losing this best of seven series, if past trends are any indication - the winners of Game 3 go on to win the series 77 percent of the time.
And if Frank Vogel ends up losing his job as a consequence, we may look back to that fluky shot as a key moment.
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