Hawks’ Paul Millsap says Wizards ‘were playing MMA’ in Game 1 win

If anyone watching Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series between the Hawks and Wizards thought things were a bit chippy, Paul Millsap would agree.

The Hawks forward, who scored 19 points in Sunday’s 114-107 loss to the Wizards, said Washington turned the game into more of a mixed-martial arts smackdown.

The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA, Millsap told reporters, via ESPN.com. They were physical. When the game is like that, we have to match their physicality. But again, we’ve got to go get some moves and bring them back to the court.

He took some time to develop, but in his fourth year, Green is talked about as being one of the best players in the league. The Warriors forward hopes that he can serve as an example for other players like him.

It’s more that I want to create another lane to the NBA, and these numbers help, he told Sports Illustrated . We can’t all shoot like Steph. We can’t all be 7-feet and move like KD. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something just as important. So many times I watch games and think, ‘Man, why is that guy trying to score like that, he can’t do it.’ But he’s been told his whole life, ‘You have to go get 40 if you want to be one of the top dogs.’ It’s my goal to build a lane where you can be a top dog and you don’t gotta go get that 40. You can go get four and still be a top dog.

The four Green mentions could be an arbitrary number he came up with, but it’s the exact number of points he scored when he recorded a triple-double this season. In fact, it’s the only triple-double in NBA history in which there were 10 or fewer points scored (12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals).

While reaching double digits in those categories consistently may be a rarity, filling up the box score night in and night out is not.

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