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Hawks Schedule 2012: Is Jeff Teague A Candidate For Most Improved Player?

Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague's 24 points ended up being huge for the Hawks in a game that saw their top two scorers (Joe Johnson, Josh Smith) combine to put up just 15 points on Sunday versus the Hornets. Sure they won the game by 22 points, but getting scoring outbursts by Teague have become the norm when one of the stars has a down game.

Jason Walker over at Peachtree Hoops thinks that Teague could be in the running for Most Improved in 2011-12, thoughts?

Game Balls: Jeff Teague! Teague was in the middle of the two largest Hawks runs, 27-6 in the first quarter and 20-2 in the third, and it’s no coincidence they ended close to or exactly when he left. Teague was 9-11, 24 points, 4 assists, 4-4 from threes, a steal and a single turnover. Oh yeah, he was huge and without his offense, I don’t think it goes down the same way, even against a terrible offensive team like New Orleans.

Here are the next five games for the Hawks, interesting tests coming up with two teams who Atlanta could potentially matchup with in the first round of the playoffs against Philadelphia and Indiana. Atlanta's trip to Toronto will finalize their five-game road trip in which they are 3-1 thus far.

Hawks Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Toronto Tue 01/31 7:00 PM EST
Memphis Thu 02/02 7:30 PM EST
Philadelphia Sat 02/04 7:00 PM EST
Phoenix Mon 02/06 7:30 PM EST
Indiana Wed 02/08 7:30 PM EST

Last 5 Games

@ New Orleans Sun 01/29 W 94 - 72
@ Detroit Fri 01/27 W 107 - 101
@ San Antonio Wed 01/25 L 83 - 105
@ Milwaukee Mon 01/23 W 97 - 92
Cleveland Sat 01/21 W 121 - 94

For more on this game Hawks fans should head on over to Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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