Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks is putting on a production that you would expect a veteran superstar player should. After strapping the team on his back and taking care of business in New York for the first round, he’s turning the volume up and repeating the same thing for the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Hawks took control of Game 1 early, dominating the first 24 minutes of the contest and taking a 20-point lead into halftime. But after the break, the 76ers turned up the heat on their defense with a furious comeback to cut the lead down to three points in the closing minutes. Despite being outscored 70-54 in the second half, Atlanta was able to hold on, with a 128-124 victory.
Circling back to Young, the Sixers ultimately had no answer for him as he finished with 35 points with ten assists. Young also penciled himself into the history books, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to record at least 30 points in their first four career road Playoff games. He is also the first player in Hawks history to log 35 points and ten assists in a Playoff game.
We all knew Young was a rising NBA star when he entered the league. But putting up performances like he currently is, in his first postseason, is truly impressive. The last time we saw something like this was back in 2013. The Golden State Warriors were the No. 6 seed, and Stephen Curry blew down the doors and made sure everyone was watching his every move.
Catch you Thursday.