The Hawks are in an unenviable spot down 0-2 to the Wizards as they head back to Atlanta, though Paul Millsap could make the argument their position isn't as bad as it looks, that the series could be viewed as 0-0. Millsap also thinks he knows how the Hawks can have an advantage over the Wizards.
Millsap believes the Hawks can win when they go small and play him at the center position. That was seen at times in Game 2 on Wednesday, as Millsap played the five and guarded Marcin Gortat. The Hawks were forced to go that way with Dwight Howard in foul trouble, but that may not be the only reason he logged just 20 minutes after playing 29 in Game 1.
Millsap understands the numbers and knows some of the Hawks' best lineups this season haven't involved Howard. Here are Atlanta's five best lineups this season according to Basketball Reference:
Millsap must know that because he was pretty confident when he said this following the Hawks' Game 2 loss to the Wizards:
"It's simple. Our small-ball is better than theirs. We think we play small-ball better than anybody in the league. That's one of our better lineups. That's when we can push the tempo and get up and down the court. I think we've taken advantage of that."
Atlanta may need to get creative to get back in this series. Perhaps going small is the best way, though the Wizards can play that game, too, thanks to Markieff Morris' versatility.