“It’s been a bad day
Please don’t take my picture…”
We all have bad days at the office; Lord knows, I do. And I’m really thankful that when I do, the maximum number of people who know about it is capped at, like, 10, maybe 15, tops. I’m glad that when I screw up it’s just a few people in my office, plus some customers of mine, who could ever possibly know about it. I’m very happy my giant screw-ups have never been on TV. No one is live-tweeting my bullshit.
Jeff Teague does not have that luxury. He gets paid many millions of dollars to play basketball, and a good chunk of that change is derived from a) television revenue and b) the insane amount of interest casual people have in his games, including those of us who are neither co-workers of his, nor his “customers” (not in a real sense, anyway). If you watched Monday’s game against the Hawks, a very bad day at the office was broadcast to your television or portable device; a whole bunch of us saw the whole damn thing.
Jeff Teague: throwing the game or just a bad pass? pic.twitter.com/72oE8x0D1k
— Wayne Perala (@smartplay31) January 30, 2018
Jeff Teague commits his second turnover in the final forty seconds. pic.twitter.com/qKpbG95WLy
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) January 30, 2018
Teague also committed a pretty dumb foul on Kent Bazemore with 1:13 to go that gave him an and-1 opportunity, which he converted, giving the Hawks a 3 point lead. Before all that, Teague was… well, not very good, either. He went 1-of-12 from the field and while he registered 10 assists, he seemed to kill the offensive flow. The ball-stopping, including that thing he does where he gets to the free throw line area, pivots a bunch, and passes back out for a bail-out… it was all there. The hesitancy to shoot open threes, only to dribble into getting stuffed in the paint?
Shoot the 3, Jeff. Just do it. pic.twitter.com/q0oztsHE7d
— John Meyer (@thedailywolf) January 30, 2018
Yup, that made an appearance, too.
Now, keeping in mind that sports are nothing but a mindless distraction for the very privileged, with no meaningful bearing whatsoever on the harsh realities and struggles of life, it’s fair to say that Mr. Teague had a very bad basketball game, especially when it mattered most. He certainly wasn’t the only guy who played poorly down the stretch – Taj missed a game-tying free throw, Andrew Wiggins went scoreless in the final frame, etc. – but this one can be put pretty safely on Teague’s shoulders. The poor entry pass and failure to inbound the ball (without realizing the team didn’t have a timeout remaining) are on him.
The good news is, he didn’t get fired, just like I haven’t been fired. No matter how bad a day it was, we all
have to get to go to work tomorrow to try all over again, to eek out a meager existence in a profession that sustains my family but tries my patience try to be better next time, because that’s what’s on the schedule, and the schedule is binding. That’s the beautiful thing about late capitalism basketball.
A few other odds and ends from this silly, silly game:
- Karl had 8 shot attempts, total, in 32 minutes; every other starter had at least 12. That’s wrong. It’s WRONG.
- This is becoming a bit of a trend; last week, in the Raptor, Clipper and Blazer games, Karl attempted 23 field goals TOTAL. Last season, he had at least 10 field goal attempts in 81 of 82 games; he’s now attempted fewer than 10 field goals in 4 games in the past week and a half. Sure, the presence of Butler and Teague means there are fewer shots to go around, but Karl needs to be more of an emphasis than he is. 8 shots for an offensive player of his caliber is ridiculous.
- Minnesota had 15 steals and Atlanta committed 21 turnovers, total… hard to believe the Wolves were beaten by such a sloppy team.
- The third quarter had this very casual feel to it; you can tell everyone needs a break. It’s not quite time for the playoff push, and everyone’s legs are a bit spent; it’s tough watching ten tired guys meandering through an entire quarter of basketball. Give the Hawks credit; there were lots of chances for the Wolves to put it away, and Kent Bazemore (in particular) didn’t let it happen.
- Speaking of Baze, this block was SWEET (and yeah, that’s our man Teague, getting blocked… again…):
The chase-down block.
A thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/BFTWrYTyex
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 30, 2018
- The Wolves were out-shot from three 34 to 19 and out-rebounded 44 to 35.
- Minnesota heads to Toronto for a Tuesday night showdown in a city that is actually further south than Minneapolis, MN.
- If the first “Bad Day” song you think of is that lame Daniel Powter one instead of the really cool R.E.M. one, you’re a bad person and you should feel bad.
- Michael Stipe, take us home: