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January 31, 2015 Updates
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He’s made 47-of-129 long balls this season (36.4 percent) after going 31-of-113 as a member of the Utah Jazz – in seven seasons! “I didn’t realize Paul could do this much,” coach Mike Budenholzer said not just of Wednesday but of Millsap’s past 15 or so months. “We thought he was going to be versatile, but I think he’s more versatile. We thought he could extend his range … he’s followed through and done that.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Against Brooklyn, Millsap blocked two shots and recorded a steal. He entered the night No. 12 in the NBA in steals (1.8 per game), and with his somewhat new-found long jumper, Millsap has become more dangerous. “Absolutely,” he said when asked if the threat of his 3-pointer has opened up the rest of his game. “I’m able to pump-fake, and put it on the ground and take guys off the dribble and try to create for my teammates.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On an evening when he made a career-high 15-of-16 free throws, Millsap added 5-of-9 work from the field, including 3-of-5 3-pointers. He’s made 47-of-129 long balls this season (36.4 percent) after going 31-of-113 as a member of the Utah Jazz – in seven seasons! “I didn’t realize Paul could do this much,” coach Mike Budenholzer said not just of Wednesday but of Millsap’s past 15 or so months. “We thought he was going to be versatile, but I think he’s more versatile. We thought he could extend his range … he’s followed through and done that.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 28, 2015 Updates

Attempts to acquire Brook Lopez from Brooklyn fell apart but also raised doubt about the Thunder’s ability to reach the playoffs, much less win the West, as it is currently assembled. Durant doesn’t appear to have those concerns. When asked recently if he felt the Hawks were the league’s best team, Durant responded, “I ain’t going to go that far. They’re a good team. I like our team. “We’re just behind on everything, from training camp, all the way up to the season, so even though we’re 40-something games in, I feel that we’re still trying to figure stuff out and grow,” Durant said. “Because it feels like we’re in the beginning of the season with everybody coming back, but I like the progress. I like the groove we’re in.” Washington Post

January 27, 2015 Updates

“Look at their record, the standings, the streak that they’ve put together and how many players are going to wind up on the all-star team and it answers what a great coaching job the staff has done and what a great job the players have done in playing unselfishly and playing both ends of the floor,” Fratello said. “The way you talk about the way teams play – meaning defensively cover for each other, making the sacrifice of making the next rotation and blocking out, doing the dirty work on the glass, keeping the ball in front of you and challenging shots when they go over the top. Offensively, just look at the assist column every night. It kind of jumps out at you how well they move the ball, how well the shoot the ball, the distribution in scoring for them. What it all leads to is the record that they have. It’s magnificent.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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