The Atlanta Hawks are preparing for a considerable test in the form of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, but in anticipation of that contest, one of their key players was absent from practice on Tuesday afternoon. Jeff Teague missed the workout as a result of illness, according to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
Jeff Teague (illness) not at Hawks practice. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 24, 2015
Further details are not available at this time, but if Teague is unable to go on Wednesday, that would be a significant loss. The All-Star point guard has appeared in 52 of Atlanta's 56 games, leading the team in assists (7.3 per game) and PER (21.71) while averaging 16.8 points per game. It is early to discuss alternate rotation scenarios, but if he is unavailable, both Dennis Schröder and Shelvin Mack would see upticks in playing time.
On a brighter note, Al Horford practiced on Tuesday. This is noteworthy because Horford became a father on Monday evening. Needless to say, he probably did not receive a full night's worth of rest.
Stay tuned for updates on Jeff Teague's status, and congrats to Al Horford!
Mike Budenholzer tells the AJC that he is "hopeful" Teague will be able to play on Wednesday.
"He is just a little under the weather today," Budenholzer said. "It's hard to say (whether he will miss a game). I guess put me as hopeful he will not miss."