Facing a double digit deficit under the weight of a rough road environment and with a starting center Clint Cabella Sidelined by a knee injury, the Atlanta Hawks entered the halfway point of Friday’s play-off game against serious odds.
Meanwhile, Hawks head coach Nate Macmillan taught his players to “believe”, but Macmillan hoped his team’s last season victory – in reaching last season’s Eastern Conference final – would help them lead against the tough Cleveland Cavaliers.
“This team was built for moments like this,” Macmillan said.
But, above all, Macmillan knew Hawks was the All-Star Point Card Trey Young Built specifically for moments like this, and to help them achieve a 107-101 victory, Young scored 38 points in the second half, including an incredible 32 runs.
The Hawks are advancing to face the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference ‘top-seeded team, in the first-round playoff series starting Sunday in Miami, following Young’s huge night.
“Trey is very confident in his game, his talent and he’s consistently confident,” Macmillan said. “Trey is very confident in his game, and he’s consistently confident. I saw no panic in his game. He came out on top in the second half. [and] Was aggressive. Those shots started to fall, the same shots he took in the first half, started to fall in the second half.
The young shot from 4-to-11 from the 3-point range and several back-breaking shots pierced, which helped the Hawks keep their lead late. He added nine aids to the good action.
“At the beginning of the game, they did some reading and made some switches, and I tried to get my team involved,” Young said. “I missed a couple of shots, but I had to be aggressive. That’s what I did in the second half.”
The Hawks took the first lead late in the third quarter on a Young 3-pointer with 16 runs in each of the third and fourth quarters and did not record revenue in the second half. His prowess helped him overcome a 14-point deficit in the second half.
“He made shots from the jump circle,” said Cavaliers head coach JP Pickerstaff.
According to ESPN figures and reports, Young scored or assisted the Hawks, who scored (40) more points than the Cavaliers in the second half, 56 or 43 in the second half.
“We took care of the business,” Young said. “The team we lost tonight definitely deserves a playoff spot, but this year it was very difficult. They could not do it. The fact that we continued to fight is a testament to our team.”
In the first quarter with 38 points, the Cavaliers advanced to a double-digit lead from a hot 3-point shootout. Larry Markanen, He scored 17 first-half points and dropped 5 of 8 from the 3-point range before the break. Morganen led the Cavaliers with 26 points Darius Garland He added 21 to a promising, young talented team.
“It was the most fun I’ve ever had since I was in the NBA,” Cavaliers head coach JP Pickerstaff said after the game. “This is a group of comrades who are very special in the way I’ve been around. I’m not surrounded by a group of comrades who care more about each other than any personal compliments or achievements. It was for the good of the team throughout the year. Separation is special, and I appreciate that.”
Cavaliers All-Star Center Jared Allen He returned to the starting line-up after missing 19 games with a broken left finger. Allen has not played since March 6, but finished with 11 points and three rebounds.
The Hawks lost Capella in the first half when the Cavaliers made the center Evan Mobley Fell on Kabela’s knee. Hawks then had to assist Cabella outside the court with what was called the Hyper Extended Right Knee. His availability against the heat was not clear, and Macmillan said he had no updates.
“I think everyone contributed a little too much when he went out,” Young said, with a slight cut in his second half.
Regarding facing Miami, Young said, “I mean, they’re clicking on all the cylinders, especially here recently, so they’re a little more relaxed than us, so we have to be ready to bring it in. We know the crowd will be frantic, the environment will be fun, so he’s locked up. You have to be willing to take care of the business. “