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Paul Millsap, whose Hawks trail Wizards, 2-0: ‘It’s 0-0 to us’

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards - Game One

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks walks off the floor in the second half of the Hawks 114-107 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The fourth-seeded Wizards beat the fifth-seeded Hawks twice in Washington, taking a 2-0 series lead.

In alternative facts…

Atlanta forward Paul Millsap, via Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

“I think they got home court advantage, they played off of that but to us I mean it’s 0-0 to us. We’re going back to Atlanta. We feel like we’re still confident so to us, it’s 0-0,” he said.

The cliché that a series doesn’t begin until the home team loses is just untrue. Teams that have won the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home have won the series 94% of the time.

The Wizards were better than Atlanta throughout the season (which is why they earned home-court advantage). They looked better in the series’ first two games.

The Hawks must now win four of five and, even with three of those games are in Atlanta, they’re now in a huge hole.

If Millsap wants to delude himself because it gives him and his teammates hope, that’s his prerogative. But it’s not reality.