Once again, Demarre Carroll led the way for the Hawks with his stellar play. Carroll scored at least 20 points for the 6th straight game and set the tone early. However, this time he scored a little differently, showing that he is more than just a three point shooter on offense. Carroll attacked the rim several times in the first half, leading to easy buckets and in result got the Hawks in a flow on offense. The Junkyard Dog continues to be the Hawks’ best player throughout the playoffs and has put the team on his back as the offense is still trying to find their groove and click on all cylinders.
In Game 2, Millsap’s game was far from pretty. He shot just 6 for 16 from the field and tallied 18 points. Millsap’s spot on this list is due to the dirty work he provided for the Hawks. He dominated the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds, and kept Nene from scoring a field goal for the second straight game. He also dished out a couple of key assists, specifically the kick out to Kyle Korver for the game sealing three. Millsap never has been the prettiest player to watch on the floor on any given night. His dribbles are awkward, his shot is far from the prettiest, and he is not the lightest on his feet. But Millsap continuously gets the job done for the Hawks and is a huge key to the Hawks success going forward.
Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore
The Hawks finally got some help from the bench. Jeff Teague struggled for most of the game. Much like most of the playoffs, Teague looked tentative and just not like his normal self running the offense. Thankfully, in Game 2, Dennis Schroder was able to step up big time. Schroder only played 15 minutes, but he made the most of his time on the court. He made an impact immediately, dishing a fancy pass to Paul Millsap for an easy bucket. He finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. The stats were nothing special, but his play during his short time on the floor was spectacular. Kent Bazemore also makes the list. Bazemore finally broke out of his shooting slump, shooting 3-3 from the field in game 3. He scored 10 points, but every bucket came in huge moments. Twice during the game, the Hawks were struggling on offense and Bazemore was able to swing the momentum by splashing a couple of corner threes. He also was his normal energetic self on defense. Both of these guys have not exactly had the start they would have liked to their playoff careers, but hopefully this is a sign of things to come.