Paul Millsap didn’t even notice it.
The Hawks forward’s jersey hung in his locker with his last name misspelled. Oh, for an extra ‘L.’
Millsap wore the ill-fated jersey to start Wednesday’s game against the Jazz. The error — with his last name spelled ‘Milsap’ — was quickly discovered by the Hawks and replaced during the first timeout.
Millsap said following the game that he was unaware of the error. He said the Hawks staff told him that he had blood on the jersey and needed to replace it. They feared not break his rhythm with the truth. Good thing. He was on his way to a 30-point, 17-rebound game.
The error was discovered by a TV viewer who posted a photo on Twitter.
Millsap had some fun with the error Thursday on social media. He tweeted a photo taken from television of him wearing the incorrect jersey. He posted with it “Smh 9 years in the league and this lol.”
It was the second time this week that an NBA player had his name misspelled on his uniform. The Pistons’ Andre Drummond had an incorrect jersey — spelled ‘Drummund’ — during a game.
It appears the errors were on the part of adidas, who supplies the NBA with uniforms.
Carroll out: DeMarre Carroll will miss a second consecutive game because of a groin strain. The Hawks starting small forward has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Heat. Carroll sat out the Hawks’ 100-97 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Carroll was injured late in Monday’s game against the Knicks when he was sideswiped by J.R. Smith.
Mike Scott, who missed the Jazz game, likely will be available. He was listed as probable on the Hawks’ injury report.
Rookie Adreian Payne, who has yet to appear in a game this season, is recovered from the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was inactive for five games because of the injury. Mike Budenholzer said the forward/center was available Wednesday, but did not play as a coach’s decision.
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