Atlanta's Friday night victory over the New Jersey Nets certainly didn't have the same feel as the season opening win on Tuesday. That according to Hawks coach Larry Drew was to be expected and he didn't feel like his team handled the situation very well.
"One of the toughest things to do, and I've been associated it for a while as a coach and a player, when you have a game like you had against them the first time you have a tendency to let your guard down," Larry Drew said. "That's kind of a human characteristic. I talked to the guys and told them the team we saw in New Jersey was going to be a totally different team tonight. We didn't respond as well as I was hoping but I give my guys credit, too, because they hung in there and kept fighting."
One thing that is becoming more and more the norm is the play of point guard Jeff Teague. The third year point guard finished with 22 points and six assists Friday night. Through three games he now has averages of 15.3 points and 4.7 assists and has picked up right where he left off in last season's playoff series against Chicago.
"I think when I'm playing aggressive, I'm at my best," Teague said. "Sometimes I miss guys on a couple passes and they talk to me but I think that's just the way I have to play. When I am sitting out there being casual I think that's when I'm not ay my best and I think that hurts the team."