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Jeff Teague And The Atlanta Hawks Are Down, But Not Out, Against the Chicago Bulls In Their NBA Playoffs Series

The Atlanta Hawks lost a pivotal Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center, but unlike earlier this season, it doesn't seem like the Hawks are going to give up without a fight.

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Whether they're able to advance in the NBA Playoffs or not, it seems Jeff Teague and the rest of the Hawks have turned over a new leaf during the past couple of weeks, leading the masses to have hope for the future as summed up by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz.

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No losses are swallowed easily. But if the Hawks played with this kind of passion, effort and cohesion all season, they wouldn't have been a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Can they win at home Thursday? Yes. Can they win a Game 7 back in Chicago? That would be difficult, but suddenly it doesn't seem implausible.

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It seems almost the opposite of implausible, actually, with the added fight Teague has brought to the starting lineup since  Kirk Hinrich went down with a hamstring injury. Whether or not it actually happens is a whole other story, but at least the Hawks are giving the fans a reason to keep the faith.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.