Video: Nuggets’ Paul Millsap drains half-court shot to end 3rd quarter vs. Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets power forward Paul Millsap was feeling it from long range during Tuesday’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves, knocking down four of his first five three-point attempts. But the best indicator of the fact that he was locked in? Downright draining a half-court shot as the third quarter clock hit zeros.
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Prior to play Tuesday, Millsap knocked down more than two triples in a game just once all season, the last occasion coming back on Nov. 11. He had averaged just .8 makes from distance per game, his lowest single-season mark since the 2012-13 campaign as a member of the Utah Jazz.
The 34-year-old Millsap has been slowed by injuries this season, entering the match-up versus Minnesota averaging 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game across 54 contests. Despite playing in his 13th NBA season, Denver has deployed him as their primary starting power forward alongside Nikola Jokic when given the opportunity.
Denver currently owns the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, sitting just a game behind the Golden State Warriors for the top spot with 16 games remaining. The last time that the franchise had a Top-2 playoff seeding came in 2008-09, when they made a run to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in history.
Should the Nuggets want to reach those heights again, they’ll need all of their depth at their disposal, along with some increased play by trusted veterans, such as Millsap. Knocking down half-court shots may not be a prerequisite to success in the playoffs, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.