Hawks' Millsap ready to match Morris, Wiz with 'MMA' style

Bold predictions for the 1st round of the NBA playoffs

Washington had 30 wins at home this season and it averages 110.4 points per game at the Verizon Center.

Durant had 32 points and 10 rebounds in his Golden State playoff debut, Curry scored 29 points, and the Warriors withstood that sensational day by the Trail Blazers' dynamic backcourt duo to win Game 1 of the first-round series 121-109 on Sunday.

John Wall went off against the Atlanta Hawks.

Young of the Boston Celtics is the only player of the seven to reach the playoffs who most likely won't see too much playing time. The Wiz Kids swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round then took Game 1 of the Eastern Semifinals against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks.

Wall's 32 points was a career playoff-high for him.

HoopsHype recently chatted with Wall to discuss Washington's success, his breakout campaign, the NBA's MVP race, what the Wizards need to do to contend for the championship and more. Wall has been to the All-Star Game each season, and each year he is the team's lone representative. This is 100 percent his series if he wants it to be.

Wall and teammates Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris combined for 75 total points in a back and forth game. However, the Washington bench is still terrifyingly thin. He's not the best big man in the league like he used to be, and he's also not the seriously inconsistent potential locker room cancer he was at times during his stint with the Rockets.

Brooks made the Wizards competitive again and with him charge, all things now seem possible.

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Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a vehicle accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the top-seeded Celtics with 33 points.

Fortunately, it's still plenty early and there's quite a bit of time for Atlanta to figure out a new defensive scheme to slow Wall down. With that said, with a John Wall on the floor and knowing how close they were to an East Finals appearance just two seasons ago, I see him taking his game to an even higher level and submitting his argument as a top 3 point guard in the National Basketball Association. The Hawks will try everything at their disposal to avoid repeating that worst-case scenario. The bench played well. Basically, Wall was a Wizard with the ball in this game and proved that he's going to be a force as these playoffs roll on.

Like Wall, he wasn't the only bright spot in the game for Washington.

Atlanta won the rebounding battle over Washington 48-42 in an inconsistent fashion. While Marcin Gortat is an above average rebounder, he may not be able to match up with the tenacity and sheer strength of Howard on the boards. He needs to play better on offense and take advantage of his size over Gortat.

"We were playing basketball, and they were playing MMA [mixed martial arts]", said Hawks forward Paul Millsap, who matched up against Morris all game and was on the wrong side of his takedown while the two tussled over a loose ball in the second quarter. Millsap had the better first half in terms of scoring with 12 points, but Morris closed strong.

Only a handful of games remain in Paul Pierce's storied career, so get a glimpse of him while you can in his brief reserve minutes, as the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers face Utah, beginning Saturday night.

This was a win that Washington can get excited about. "I can't let (anybody) come out here and just push me around". "I'm letting them know this is my house". The better team clearly won on Easter Sunday.

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