"Same starters as usual" has become a running joke surrounding the Atlanta Hawks, as Mike Budenholzer deploys the same five players for each game, provided that the quintet is healthy. For Game 3, however, Budenholzer has been forced to alter that plan, as Paul Millsap will not start due to flu-like symptoms.
Paul Millsap will not start, flu-like symptoms..Pero starts in his place. Millsap is available to play #Hawks— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) May 9, 2015
It is important to note that Millsap is still expected to play, though it is unclear what his workload will be. On the Wizards side, All-Star point guard John Wall is unavailable due to a hand/wrist injury.
The Hawks will give the starting nod to Pero Antic, going with a bigger lineup against the sizable starting frontcourt of Nene and Marcin Gortat. It will be interesting to see who earns the minutes as the "fourth big", as Mike Muscala appeared in Game 2, while Mike Scott received a DNP-CD.