Jeff Teague: 1 year deal with the Celtics

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Marcus Smart's post-game explosion after a playoff loss may have led Danny/Brad to look for some physical/edgier role players. Teague/TT probably don't let Herro run around like he owns the joint
Thats an interesting and I think valid take on Smart's meltdown. A certain amount of bad assery among a core group of players impacts the collective sense of confidence, chemistry and backbone. When the going gets Tough the Tough get going, and at times last year the team suffered from a malaise at crunch time. You don't have to stoop to the distasteful criminality of the 80s Pistons to exude an intimidation factor that can sway games. Teague and TT help in that regard.
 

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The school of thought pointing to the toughness and edge that Thompson and Teague bring is so interesting. JT and JB have shown that they are capable of playing with a chip on their shoulder for stints of time - minutes or games - but learning to harness an edge more effectively may be the best thing to come out of adding these players and their personality. If they’re hypothetically dead center on a scale of mamba mentality from Jeff Green to Lebron, maybe it moves the needle in the right direction. It’s also something I believe could help Payton Pritchard as he comes into an environment where his competitive fire is reflected in others.

Prior to these signings the 20/21 Celtics were (are) ridiculously young, and I suspect that the toughness is something that can be imparted and learned to a small extent as a part of culture.
 

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The school of thought pointing to the toughness and edge that Thompson and Teague bring is so interesting. JT and JB have shown that they are capable of playing with a chip on their shoulder for stints of time - minutes or games - but learning to harness an edge more effectively may be the best thing to come out of adding these players and their personality. If they’re hypothetically dead center on a scale of mamba mentality from Jeff Green to Lebron, maybe it moves the needle in the right direction. It’s also something I believe could help Payton Pritchard as he comes into an environment where his competitive fire is reflected in others.

Prior to these signings the 20/21 Celtics were (are) ridiculously young, and I suspect that the toughness is something that can be imparted and learned to a small extent as a part of culture.
Not worth much, but Canada basketball rumours have TT incredibly frusyated with the lack of toughness on the part of Wiggins. TT has not played for Canada much but Jay Triano said (TDF it was 4 years ago) TT was worrth more than his on the floor contributions due to his toughness.
 

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There was a shirt from 1986 that a friend of mine had that was very similar in illustration style. The headline read “Boston’s Best Six-Pack” and depicted the five starters and Walton in a beer carton. I always wanted that shirt.
 

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From Ian Thomsen's April 30, 1986 Globe story about Ainge getting ejected for kicking Atlanta Hawks forward Scott Hastings.

"We locked arms," Ainge said. "He threw me to the ground. I was on my back. He was coming at me. I stuck my feet up to protect myself. It was self- defense. I was protecting myself. My feet were the only thing there."
The Celtics keep no such statistics, but many Boston fans might believe that Ainge leads the NBA in such incidents. Jones blamed Ainge's reputation on Milwaukee Bucks coach Don Nelson, who called Ainge "a dirty player" in the play-offs. "To tarnish a player's name to help your game strategy -- that's going too far," Jones said.
But many of these Hawks recall Ainge tussling with Tree Rollins here three years ago. Ainge and Darrell Walker fought in the play- offs two years ago. Sedale Threatt and Ainge fought late this season. There are many more, none worth mentioning specifically -- yet together they form his public persona. The scowls. The complaining about fouls.
Hastings was not Ainge's only complaint. Ainge claimed [Kevin Willis] elbowed him flagrantly three times. Late in the first quarter, Willis elbowed Ainge as the two headed downcourt after Willis missed a free throw. "He ([Bill Oakes]) stood there and watched Willis throw an elbow that hit me in the face," Ainge said. "I don't understand. He elbows me in the face and gets a warning. I try to defend myself and get kicked out."
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The Timberwolves had already received two technical fouls with two minutes remaining in the second quarter when guard Jeff Teague drove towards the paint against P.J. Tucker.

As Teague went up for the shot, Tucker smacked his arm, a clear foul. Teague flailed after the contact, and the referee correctly signaled for a shooting foul.

That was when things got weird. The referee signaled for a tech almost immediately after calling the foul, pointing at Teague. The point guard stared in disbelief as his teammates raised their arms in shock and looked on disgustedly. Derrick Rose pleaded for an explanation, while Taj Gibsons could only scratch his chin in confusion[.]


 
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