Atlanta Hawks: Will Trae Young Haunt the New York Knicks?

Trae Young played in his first career playoff game on Sunday night for the Atlanta Hawks on the road against the New York Knicks. Young was hearing it from the fans before tip off. They were chanting, “F* Trae Young.” But at the end of the day, he got the last laugh with the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds remaining in a 107-105 win for the Atlanta Hawks over the New York Knicks.

Young silenced the crowd inside Madison Square Garden and he also did the ice cold body movement. Trae Young loved the atmosphere and he wants even more of it. The series between Atlanta and New York has the potential to be even chippy. Can he be the difference for the Atlanta Hawks against the New York Knicks?

The answer could very well be yes. Trae Young will most likely be the best player on the floor for Atlanta other than Julius Randle of New York.

Young scored 32 points in the game. He shot 47.8 percent from the field. Trae Young also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded 10 assists. He broke through the number one rated defense in the NBA with ease throughout the game.

Key facilitator

Young made his teammates better and passed the ball throughout the game. He is one of the best point guards in the NBA. Trae Young has a chance to be a superstar in the NBA and this series could be the start of it all.

The fact that Frank Ntilikina was guarding him late in the game was crazy and a bad move by New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. Atlanta Hawks head coach Nate McMillan out coached him in Game 1.

Trae Young passed the ball a lot in the paint in Game 1 to Clint Capela.

Young is the heartbeat of the Atlanta Hawks. He is going to be in the spotlight for the rest of this series.

With this game being close, it appears as if every game is going to be very close and potentially go down to the wire. Making the right plays and turning the ball over less could be the deciding factor of this series.

Trae Young having the ball in hands more often than not could also be a deciding factor as long as he doesn’t turn it over. Young is going to hear more boos also in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York.

Final Thoughts

Game 2 is going to be on Wednesday night. Trae Young is going to be in the spotlight moving forward in this series. He will be the reason why the Atlanta Hawks either win this series or lose this series also.

During the regular season, he played in 63 games. Trae Young averaged 25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 9.4 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.

Do you think Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will carry them to a series win over the New York Knicks or no? Leave a comment below.

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