Paul Millsap has been battling a lingering shoulder injury that occurred late in the regular season. Millsap has admitted that the injury is still bothering and has shown discomfort several times over the series on the floor. However, in Game 6, Millsap showed why he has been to back to back All-Star games. Millsap scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and also dished out 6 assists. Millsap has been a jack of all trades this year for the Hawks and his game on Friday night showed just how dangerous this Hawks team can be when Millsap is hitting on all cylinders.
There is absolutely no doubt who the MVP of this series is. Demarre Carroll showed out every night on both offense and defense. Coming into tonight’s game, Carroll was averaging 17 points on 50% shooting and close to 8 rebounds per game. In Game 6, his great play continued. Because of early foul trouble and the fact that the game was a blowout, Carroll only played 24 minutes, but he was spectacular when he was on the floor. Carroll scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting and collected 5 rebounds. He was his normal pesty self on defense and gave the Nets headaches all night. Do I have to say it again? Pay this dude.
On Friday night, Korver shot 10 shots, all from behind the arc. Korver made 6 of them and set the tone early, hitting his first 3 three-pointers in the first quarter. Korver and the Hawks had the Nets spinning on defense with their great ball movement and laser three-point shooting. However, it was not just the shooting that got Kyle on this list. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and added 4 assists and 3 steals. Korver’s defense and rebounding have been vastly underrated. Since joining the Hawks, the shooting guard has become more than just a laser three-point shooter. He has become a terrific all-around basketball player. Korver made an All-Star team for more than just his shooting, and it is time for the rest of the league to take notice.
Jeff Teague gets tonight’s honorable mention. Teague did not score in the game, but he ran the offense to perfection and dished out 13 assists. This is exactly what Hawks fans should want to see from Teague. He was aggressive, but under complete control. If Jeff Teague continues this type of play, expect the Hawks to put together a nice playoff run.