The 19-year-old rookie is inadvertently getting double-digit minutes with these early blowouts. He’s good enough, bold enough and smart enough to make something of them. Against the Rockets, Teague swept through the lane for a left-handed layup attempt. It was blocked by Asik, but so what? The kid had no left hand when he got here. Now he’s comfortable enough to finish with his left hand in a blowout. It’s progress.
The point is, Teague has shown the ability to listen, learn and respond. After the Christmas debacle, those commodities are more valuable to Thibodeau than ever.