There’s a world in which Paul Millsap wanted more money. There’s a world in which the Denver Nuggets never sign him in free agency. Would those Nuggets be in the second round of the NBA Playoffs? My guess is no.

In the real world, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, the four-time All-Star scored 12 points on 5-of-6 from the field in the first quarter and set the tone for a 124-98 blowout. 

Millsap looked his old self and torched every matchup the Blazers threw his way.

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