The Atlanta Hawks have been in a deep funk, losing eight straight on the road and 12 of their last 13 overall, but get a much-needed lift tonight in a tough road game against the Warriors as All-Star power forward Paul Millsap will return from a five-game absence.
Millsap hasn’t played since February 21, when he suffered a right knee contusion at Detroit against the Pistons.
The first time All-Star is averaging 17.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks — he’s the only player in the NBA this season averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
This is the final game of a two-game series between Atlanta and Golden State. The Warriors won the first meeting of the year thanks to an Andre Iguodala 3-point buzzer-beater to stun the Hawks in Philips Arena on January 3. David Lee had a game-high 23 points in the win, while the Splash Brothers Steph Curry (22) and Klay Thompson (21) combined for 43 points. Backup center Pero Antic led six Hawks in double-figures with 16 points.
The Warriors own a four-game winning streak over Atlanta in the series, including the last time the teams met in the Golden State on November 14, 2012. The Hawks’ last victory against the Warriors was a road win in Oakland on February 25, 2011.
Having Millsap back is a boost for the struggling Hawks, but will it be enough to end their current eight-game road losing streak and upset the Warriors in Oakland?
Hopefully it will be.
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