Exclusive: Millsap ready for Brooklyn Nets battle - even without Horford

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Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is targeting a playoff berth this season ahead of Thursday's London Global Games match-up against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Hawks take on the Nets at the 02 Arena in London, and Millsap believes his side will be ready to put on a show for the crowd - despite the eight-hour flight across the Atlantic.

"I feel like we're good, especially considering the eight hour flight and the time difference," Millsap told GiveMeSport.

Both teams have been taking in the sights around the English capital, with a visit to a certain Premier League ground a particular highlight for the 28-year-old forward.

"For me the highlight so far has been the trip to Chelsea football club, you know, being a fan of FIFA 14, to really see how the football guys get down was amazing.

"I think so [that these trips are important to improve the brand of the NBA]. Its amazing for us, it's amazing for the country. To get out and see different cultures and for us to showcase our skills on a different plateau."

Millsap, a free agent acquisition from the Utah Jazz over the summer, was brought in as part of a Hawks plan to establish a strong front-court game in Atlanta.

Early signs were positive for the team, but All-Star center Al Horford went down with a pectoral injury in late December, robbing Millsap of further opportunities to work on the chemistry between the pair.

Still, the team recorded impressive wins against two title contenders - the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets - and Millsap believes Horford's injury has allowed the team to work on other facets of play.

"I think it helped us out because it showed that we can without Al [as well as with]," Millsap continued.

"You know, Al was a big part of what we do and I think it shocked a lot of people when he went down.

"Those two big wins right there really showed that we can actually win games without him."

The Nets and Hawks tip-off at 8pm at the O2 Arena on Thursday 16th January.

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