Hawks' 2-headed point guard a big key to playoff success

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Teague leads the Atlanta offense. So does Dennis Schroder.

Sometimes, they do it together.

The point guard tandem is a big reason the Hawks have made the Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history. Top-seeded Atlanta hosts LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

Teague has really blossomed in coach Mike Budenholzer's fast-paced offense, making the All-Star team for the first time this season. Schroder's progression has been even more remarkable, the 21-year-old German going from a little-used rookie to a major contributor in his second season.

In the playoffs, the Hawks have looked for ways to get Teague and Schroder on the court at the same time, giving the team even more offensive options as defenses tighten down.

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