Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks was ready for his Playoff debut, as the New York Knicks had no answer in stopping the unrelenting force that is Trae. Young put the team on his back on Sunday night and pulled out a wild 107-105 victory with the last shot of the game to take a 1-0 series lead.
With 32 points, ten assists, and seven rebounds, Young joins LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Derrick Rose as the only players in history to post at least 30 points and ten assists in a Playoff debut.
But what made this game genuinely special was the atmosphere that took place in Madison Square Garden. It’s been a long time since we have seen Playoff basketball in the Garden (2013), and thanks to the continued vaccine rollout and dropping numbers of COVID cases, Sunday’s Game 1 between the two teams was played in front of 15,000 fans.
In true New York style, the throaty crowd was spitting F-Bombs at Atlanta players and willing their team to victory. Including Spike Lee, who was jumping up and down in excitement after each dunk or triple made. But what came next was magical. With less than one second remaining, Trae Young sealed the game with his shot, raised his head to the crowd, and put his finger up to his lips, and motioned to the packed house that he no longer could hear them yelling at him.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for game two.
Catch you Thursday.