Back on Monday night Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague took a break away fast break and power slammed it over Boston Celtics Ray Allen in the third quarter to put the Hawks up by eight. Teague got a technical for taunting after the jam, and something about that sparked the Celtics, who then went on a 36-13 run and left Atlanta with a 79-76 victory.
In karma fashion, Teague airballed a potentially game-tying three-pointer at the end of the game. Afterwards Celtics star Allen said they used Teague’s taunting as a source of motivation for them as they mounted their comeback.
“Yeah, there was a sense of anger,” Allen told the Boston Globe. “A sense of, ‘We’re going back at you guys,’ because that was uncalled for.”
When Kevin Garnett was asked about Teague’s dunk, he had a different spin on Teague’s dunk:
“I don’t even know who you are talking about. That guy’s a nobody.”
Former Wake Forest student and pep band member Maggie Hurt appeared Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” to discuss her allegations of a sexual battery in 2009 involving two members of the Demon Deacons basketball team, guards Gary Clark and Jeff Teague. Both Clark and Teague were found not guilty in a Wake Forest campus hearing. And after a Miami Police investigation, the district attorney declined to prosecute, citing a lack of physical evidence and lack of eyewitnesses, among other factors.
Hurt alleges that, during a trip to Miami with Wake Forest for the NCAA Tournament, she was invited to a party in a hotel room but wound up alone with Clark in a bathroom where she was forced to perform oral sex.
“They open the door, it’s completely dark and I’m physically shoved from behind into the room,” Hurt said Thursday. “I was scared. He had big hands and could palm a basketball, and it was on the back of my neck. I felt like if I didn’t do what he asked, he would hurt me.”
Lori Hurt, Maggie’s mother, added: “They knew from the minute my daughter walked into that police department that they were going to get this case and make it disappear.”
Hurt, whose story was told by NBC as part of a larger piece on colleges and universities turning a blind eye to sexual assaults, dropped out of Wake Forest. Teague now plays for the Atlanta Hawks and Clark just completed his senior season averaging 10.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Atlanta Hawks and their 43 point loss to the Orlando Magic.
Since March the Hawks have been playing basketball with one foot already set in the NBA off-season and never was that more clear than in Game One of the second round playoffs against the Magic Tuesday night.
The Hawks went scoreless for near six minutes with seven turnovers in the second quarter and down at halftime 53-33. After scoring only 10 points in the second quarter and 11 in the third quarter, the Hawks were looking up from a 46-point deficit at one point.
The loss easily could have been more than 50 had the Magic needed to play their regulars for more than two quarters. All the while Orlando was shaking off the rust after sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs.
The Hawks where lead in scoring by Josh Smith 14 points and as a team didn’t reach the 50-point mark until Jeff Teague hit a 3-pointer with 8 minutes left in the game.
Hawks coach Mike Woodson said the team come out with “no juice” and that “it was an ugly game for us on both ends of the floor.”
No matter how you try to slice it up, the performance Atlanta displayed on Tuesday was disgusting and a major meltdown. Even the viewers at home watching on TV thought so with the game drawing a 1.9 rating and 3 million viewers on TNT ranking it as the lowest rated NBA Playoff game in two years.