So, how about the big men battling in the paint? Everyone has heard about the demise of Roy Hibbert this year, thanks to social media, but in comparison to the Hawks is it that much of an impact? Hibbert has been averaging 4.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, while shooting 30% from the floor and carrying an abysmal 0.6 PER. This was the man who has been their starting center and was an all-star too. David West, meanwhile, has been pulling the weight he's been expected to carry. He's carrying averages of 15.0, 5.0, and 5.8 while shooting 51%. Their big men on the bench have been ok, but they're not anything write home about. Mahinmi hasn't been a force on offense at all, but he has played a part in shutting down the paint against Atlanta. Now, let's see how that stacks up against the Hawks' big men. Paul Millsap is playing exceptionally well this series, he has averages of 20.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, and 2.7 apg while shooting 42.7% from the floor. Millsap has really been a force for Atlanta in this series. He's been playing great defense, and he's also been making the Indiana big men look bad. Millsap has been setting the tone for this team when the guards can't. If a shot isn't falling they pass the ball down low to Millsap and let him go to work. Once they see Millsap make some shots, the whole team starts to get confidence in their own shot and they start rolling. Pero Antic and Mike Scott have been able to give Atlanta some big plays as well. Antic has been a wall on defense and even more so on the boards. Mike Scott has been able to deliver big plays that get the crowd going in Atlanta. Scott has been almost like a diamond in the rough for the Hawks and a lot more people are finding out who he is. The Hawks get the nod as far as the big men go, due to the tremendous play of Millsap and the disappearing act of Roy Hibbert.
It's time for you to decide now, who do you think is the actual favorite in this series? Let me know on twitter what you think @Sixers_RunWitUs.
- Alex Fischbein