1) Paul Millsap has been playing rather great for the Atlanta Hawks this season - 17.4 points, 8.5 boards, 2.9 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks. Whew... let me catch my breath. However, this January (six games), perhaps as a consequence of not having Al Horford drawing defenses away, other than assists (4.0) and free-throw percentage (90.3 percent on 5.2 FTA), Millsap's numbers have dipped; most frightening, the 32.6 percent shooting from floor on 14.3 FGA. Could this decrease in production be a push to trade Millsap as he's been mentioned in more than a few rumors?
I think you hit the nail on the head when you noted Horford's absence as a potential primary cause for this slight dip in effectiveness. In a short stretch after Horford's injury, Millsap looked the best he ever has in a Hawks uniform. He put up over 30 and 10 twice in the first few contests without his front court mate, and while he's plateaued a little, that might just simply be a regression to the mean. I think he was a viable trading chip before Horford's injury, but Ferry and Budenholzer want this team competing in the playoffs; shipping Millsap out at this point would really just harpoon the whole operation. I think Paul is in this one with Atlanta for the long haul.
Nets vs. Hawks Preview
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2) The point guard position is probably as good as it's ever been and is clearly the deepest position (when they're all, you know, actually healthy; hello, CP3, D-Rose, D-Will, Russ W and Jrue to name several). Where do you see Jeff Teague when you place the lead guard position in tiers?
Jeff Teague is the new enigma. With Josh Smith and his unwarranted jumpers now in Detroit, fans have looked for a replacement-- something new over which to debate; the relative merits of the young point guard seem to be the topic of choice. Teague started the year off to a ridiculous start, just as he did last season, only this time it was even more ridiculous. I mean, he looked like the absolute real deal when November rolled around. It was scary. We were thrilled. But most figured he'd slowly drift back to reality and, he has. Even worse, the loss of Al Horford has taken away Teague's most effective attacking mechanism: the pick-and-roll/pop with Horford.
DV's note: I know there are a lot of Nets fans that are unhappy with D-Will, so it won't matter much. Ha!
3) One player that impressed a bit the last time the Hawks and Brooklyn Nets played, where the Nets won 91-86 at Barclays Center was DeMarre Carroll. In that game, he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the season (36 games), Carroll is at about those numbers - 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Is my admiration much ado about nothing or has he been a great pick-up for the Hawks?
Of all the people to ask about DeMarre Carroll, I'm probably the worst one. Not because I know the least; probably the opposite, in fact. I'm smitten. See, Carroll went to the University of Missouri and is a beloved basketball figure there. I currently go to Mizzou and associate my first good-feelings about my University with watching Carroll play like a rabid animal in the NCAA tournament. I've tracked him ever since. Obviously I was thrilled when he signed with Atlanta this offseason.
4) I'll steal one of your questions that you asked me for Peachtree Hoops - What is your favorite move with an English setting? "Pride and Prejudice" doesn't count because everyone loves all 529 moving picture iterations of that book.
There are so many to choose from! I'll have to go with either Snatch or Braveheart as my current favorite. But if you asked me when I was eight, I'd have said Dragonheart.
5) What are three to five things that Nets fans should know about the Hawks? And give us a final score!