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Millsap for 3?

In his first six NBA seasons, Jazz forward Paul Millsap attempted just 64 3-pointers. In November alone, he attempted 19. It seemed the once paint-centric power forward had adapted to the Jazz’s wishes that he expand his game to include more perimeter touch.

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Records » Jazz 24-21; Hornets 15-30

Season series » Tied, 1-1

About the Jazz » The Jazz beat the Hornets in New Orleans 96-84 on Nov. 28, but lost 88-86 on Nov. 2. ... The Jazz have won nine of their last 13 games.

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That month, it was hot outside for Millsap. He made 52.6 of his attempts, including 3 of 4 in a triple-overtime win in Toronto.

Then it just stopped. Since then, Millsap is just 2 of 11 on 3s, with the attempts coming in more desperate situations.

Why the change?

"I haven’t really been confident getting out there shooting it," Millsap said. "Mainly these last few months what my thing has been [is] attacking the basket, getting to the rim, getting to the free-throw line."

Not that the Jazz see this as a bad thing. Millsap’s overall shooting increased in both December and January, and his scoring took a bump, also, to 14.9 per game this month.

Millsap will play to his strengths and, while his 3-pointing is improved, Corbin said it’s not among his best assets.

"He’s a big guy," Corbin said. "Time, opportunity allows you to get those shots. He’s improved it, he’s comfortable shooting them, but that’s not who he is or how he plays."


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