Dennis Schroder steps up to help Hawks beat Raptors

Dennis Schroder probably isn’t on very many people’s shortlist as best point guards in the NBA. But the Hawks’ leader is quietly becoming one of the most underrated stars in the league.

Schroder scored a team-high 26 points with six rebounds and five assists Friday to lead the Hawks past the Raptors 105-99 at home.

Last season, Schroder was stuck behind Jeff Teague, who was traded to the Pacers during the offseason. Now, this is Schroder’s team, and he’s ready to surprise some people during the playoffs.

Atlanta (36-29) had lost six of its last nine games before defeating their fellow Eastern Conference rivals Friday night. Toronto is still without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, but it got 28 points, eight Cheap Gaa Jerseys rebounds and six assists from DeMar DeRozan.

With the Cavaliers and Warriors looking vulnerable lately, other teams have to feel like they have a chance in the postseason.

The Hawks have an intriguing blend with Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. stepping up in Cheap Football Jerseys the backcourt, and Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap applying the muscle in the paint. They can cause some havoc if they hit outside shots.

Kerr pointed out that TNT’s popular “Shaqtin’ A Fool” segment had actually hurt McGee’s reputation around the league, and even changed how Kerr thought about the nine-year veteran.

McGee’s having a productive season in a limited role with the Warriors, so it’s easy to understand why he would be frustrated. It’s clear he has gained the respect of the team, but he has yet to gain the respect of Shaq..

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