Millsap Picks Up Where He Left Off

Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Golden State Warriors

Paul Millsap picked up right where he left off in his return to the Hawks lineup Friday.

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The All-Star forward missed five games with a knee injury suffered last month in Detroit, but he looked like he was back in mid-season form against the Warriors, scoring 16 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Millsap looked comfortable in many of the areas that allowed him to be selected as an All-Star – he attacked the rim off the dribble well, moved his feet well on defense and shot well from the perimeter.  Most importantly, he didn’t appear to be behind a step, which is further indication that the contusion has completely healed.

I didn’t think he was going to play 24 minutes right out of the gate, but in doing so he allowed both Mike Scott and Pero Antic to be useful in their bench minutes.   Scott shot 6-14 and finished with 14 points, while Antic, in his second game back from injury, scored 10 on 4-8 shooting including two three-pointers.

The ball was moving well once again for Atlanta, and having healthy big men who can stretch the floor certainly helps with that.  Now that the Hawks are as healthy as they’re going to get the rest of the way, it’s about getting back to the rhythm they had right after Al Horford’s injury, when the team was actually playing above .500 ball.  It may take a few more games to get there, but the Hawks are getting closer to making that final playoff push.

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