I almost hesitate to mention this because I don't think there is a major issue between the two, but the chemistry between your two best players is an issue worth discussing.
Background as to why I am bringing this up now.
A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Pacers opponent's pregame show (I don't remember which game, it doesn't really matter) one of the analysts mentioned that the information he received from a Pacers insider is the on court chemistry between PG and Teague is not good. He said he got the information from someone who covers the Pacers. The guy who mentioned this was a TV guy so I assumed it was from either Quinn or Chris, maybe Mark Boyle, or perhaps the beat writer from the Indystar.
The comment was just a throw-away line, no follow up and it was in the context of why are the Pacers struggling. Local media get a lot of their information on the opposing team from that teams media who covers them. So nothing new there and no details given.
I didn't think much about it at all. Sounded to me like maybe the opposing team media person might have misinterpreted what the Pacers media said. And I don't recall any anyone else mentioning this. So I forgot all about it.
OK, this brings me to the game last night against the Heat. Two times when PG had the ball and was pretty well guarded Teague was wide open at the three point line with his hands up as in I'm wide open for an easy three throw me the ball. PG did not throw the ball to PG, I think one time PG passed to someone else and the other time he shot the ball. What caught my attention is Teague was obviously frustrated he did not get the ball, I would compare Teague's body language to what Lance used to do several times a game when he felt like he should have gotten the ball. It was obvious on TV.
Teague has been interesting to watch this season. He is the player I thought he was with the Hawks in ability. He started the season poorly but by the end of December he was playing great and for about 5 or 6 weeks he was excellent. However the past few weeks he has been OK, but not nearly as aggressive. It makes me almost wonder if the chemistry thing with PG is affecting him. I don’t know.
One thing about Teague concerns me. No not his defense – he is not terrible, just not a difference maker on that end of the court. But what concerns me is he doesn’t show much leadership, seems like a very quiet guy. When he makes a good play his teammates are less likely to high five him, and Teague shows no emotion at all. That is OK to a degree, but he is a point guard so needs to be a leader, and needs to bring the team together and I don’t think he does that.
So I am wondering if maybe the relationship between PG and JT is hurting the whole team. Sorry I don’t have any inside information, and as I said to start off, I’m probably making too much of it.
Anyone else notice this or hear anything.