Exclusive: We can beat the Heat & Pacers, says Atlanta Hawks star

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Atlanta Hawks star Paul Millsap says his side are not scared of facing the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.

The Hawks forward was speaking to GiveMeSport prior to the Hawks match-up against the Brooklyn Nets at the O2 Arena in London earlier this month.

And Millsap believes the Hawks have nothing to fear when it comes to the playoffs this year - despite the dominance of the Heat and the Pacers.

"In the NBA you never know what to expect, anything can happen," Millsap told GiveMeSport.

"It's just the type of league that we have.

"I mean, everybody was surprised with the teams that are on a downward spiral right now. Hopefully we can take advantage of that.

"I think we have the capability to do anything. If we stick to what we do I feel like we can beat any team."

And the Hawks proved that very point earlier this week, topping LeBron James and the Miami Heat 121-114 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Millsap came up huge for the Hawks, leading the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

He has taken on a greater role in the team following the injury to Al Horford - the All-Star center tore his pectoral muscle in late December.

The Hawks (22-19) currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, behind the second placed Heat and the conference leaders, the Indiana Pacers.

But such is the weakness of the East, just five teams in the conference are over 0.500. As a result, the Hawks have an excellent opportunity to secure the third seed and with it a smoother passage through the playoffs.

Last year they were knocked out in the first round to the Heat.

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