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Paul Millsap on Wizards taking 2-0 lead on Hawks: 'It's 0-0 to us'

Paul Millsap on Wizards taking 2-0 lead on Hawks: 'It's 0-0 to us'

The Wizards took a 2-0 lead on the Hawks on Wednesday night, putting the Hawks in a tough spot as they head back to Atlanta for Game 3. All-Star forward Paul Millsap, however, prefers to look at the bright side.

Millsap was quick to point out that all the Wizards did, technically, was hold homecourt. For the Hawks to win the series they, technically, only have to win their three games at home and then steal one of the remaining two in Washington.

That is technically correct, so Millsap is holding on to it.

"I think they got home court advantage, they played off of that but to us I mean it’s 0-0 to us. We're going back to Atlanta. We feel like we're still confident so to us, it's 0-0," he said.

Millsap has done this sort of thing in the past. Two years ago, after the Wizards beat the Hawks in Game 1 of their playoff series, Millsap said that "internally" he felt like the Hawks won.

Athletes use all sorts of things to motivate them. Millsap is just more honest about it.

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CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

The NBA announced their awards for the 2016-17 season on Monday night. Here is the official ballot turned in by CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael:

Kia Most Valuable Player
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   

Kia Most Improved Player
Beal, Bradley (Was.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Jokic, Nikola (Den.)   

Kia Defensive Player of the Year
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   

Kia Sixth Man
Johnson, James (Mia.)   
Iguodala, Andre (G.S.)   
Gordon, Eric (Hou.)   

Kia Rookie of the Year
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   

Coach of the Year
D’Antoni, Mike (Houston Rockets)
Snyder, Quin (Utah Jazz) 
Spoelstra, Erik (Miami Heat) 

All-Rookie Team
1st
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Hield, Buddy (Sac.)   
Ferrell, Yogi (Dal.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   

2nd
Brown, Jaylen (Bos.)   
Embiid, Joel (Phi.)   
Murray, Jamal (Den.)   
Prince, Taurean (Atl.)   
Chriss, Marquese (Pho.)   

All-Defensive Team
1st
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Thompson, Klay (G.S.)   
Paul, Chris (LA-C)   

2nd
Butler, Jimmy (Chi.)   
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
Bradley, Avery (Bos.)   
Beverley, Patrick (Hou.)   

All-NBA Team
1st
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
James, LeBron (Cle.)   
Davis, Anthony (N.O.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   

2nd
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   

3rd
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Millsap, Paul (Atl.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Curry, Stephen (G.S.)   
Thomas, Isaiah (Bos.)   

[RELATED: Wizards 2016-17 awards with Chase Hughes and Chris Miles]

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2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

On Monday night, the NBA's best and brightest will converge in New York City for the first annual NBA Awards.

In years past, the NBA's annual awards have been revealed throughout the playoffs, but for the first time ever, all the awards will be handed out on one night.

The Wizards are up for one award: "Best Playoff Moment."

The Wizards we're bounced in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but John Wall's Game 6 buzzer-beater was arguably the top moment of the 2016-17 playoffs. While the Wizards aren't up for any other awards, we decided to hand some out in advance.

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Wizards' MVP: John Wall

— John Wall wasn't just the Wizards' MVP, but one of the NBA's best players in 2016-17. In fact, other than LeBron James, Wall is arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference. He may not win the NBA MVP award, but he's definitely one of the 5-10 potential candidates.
 

Wizards' Most Improved Player: Bradley Beal

— Bradley Beal's 2016-17 season was injury-free, and in-turn, was his best season as a pro. He increased his points per game from 17.4 to 23.1 and improved his shooting from both the field and from beyond the arc. The Wizards had the second best backcourt in the NBA in 2016-17, and Beal was a huge reason why.


Wizards' Best Newcomer: Scott Brooks

— The NBA Coach of the Year award is likely headed to Houston's Mike D'Antoni or Miami's Erik Spoelstra. But Brooks deserves recognition. In his first season with the Wizards, the former Thunder head coach led the team to 49 wins and within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Of all the additions the Wizards made last offseason, Brooks' was the most significant.


Wizards' Most Quotable: Markieff Morris

— Markieff Morris wins this one in a landslide


Wizards' Best Dressed: Kelly Oubre

— he wore a customized surgeon's mask to a game. It's his award and everybody else is just playing games. 


Honorable Mention: Jason Smith

— The 7-footer was a great addition in his first season with the Wizards, improved his range and became a credible threat from beyond the arc off the bench, and was one of the most entertaining players on the team. He didn't win any awards, but he deserves some recognition.