Millsap feeling ‘better’ after not starting Game 3

Paul Millsap, a late scratch from the starting lineup in Game 3 due to flu-like symptoms, said Sunday he is feeling better and should be available for Game 4.

Millsap entered the game 4:51 seconds into the first quarter of Saturday’s game. The All-Star forward ended up playing 22:56 with eight points, two rebounds and three turnovers.

“I feel a lot better today,” Millsap said. “I’m able to eat, drink a little bit. I was definitely in a bad place yesterday. But things happen. Things happen. It’s unfortunate. I definitely feel better today and tomorrow I should be better.”

Millsap said there were discussions about how much he would play. If coach Mike Budenholzer is trying to limit a starter’s minutes, he typically will keep them from the starting lineup. Pero Antic started in place of Millsap.

“We talked about it and tried to conserve my energy to get as many minutes out of me as we could,” Millsap said. “The minutes I got, I tried to make the most of them.”

Millsap would not go into detail on the illness and whether he vomited. He said he believed it was a 24-hour illness that prevented him from eating or drinking.

The Hawks held a light on-court practice Sunday after a lengthy film session following the loss. Game 4 is Monday night.