NBA Playoffs: 5 difference-makers who could heat up in the postseason

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Paul Millsap
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NBA players that could catch fire in the playoffs: Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets

Even though he is on the downside of his career, Paul Millsap can still get the job done even in his limited role. He is the smart, wily veteran who provides leadership and leads by example. Millsap doesn’t play at the all-star level he used to but he still can impact a game on any given night.

With all the attention that Nikola Jokic will eventually receive, it should allow the rest of the team opportunities to step up. When Millsap first arrived in Denver, they were a young team still searching for their identity. Now they are a playoff-tested team who seems poised to make noise once again in the postseason.

Once upon a time, he was the main scoring option when he was a 4-time all-star with the Atlanta Hawks but Millsap is now a complementary piece but a very dangerous one who can still score, rebound, and defend who can impact a playoff series.

Even though his stats and minutes have declined since arriving in Denver he has improved his shooting numbers adding a new dimension to his game notably from the charity stripe and from deep.