Trae Young, playing only his first postseason, thrived under the hostile environment and bright lights of Madison Square Garden, where he faced all kinds of unacceptable behaviour by the fans chanting F’ words, got spit on and more surprisingly the New York’s. Mayor derided him during this series. But he just proved his resolve having 36 points and 9 assists and leading his team to 103-89 series ending victory. The Atlanta Hawks advance to face the 76ers in the second round and have a real chance to win the series and advance to the eastern conference finals if Joel Embiid is still injured and cannot play for the 76ers. Trea Young drilling the logo 3 as the fans were getting ready to give a standing ovation for the knicks was the best knicks playoff moment in 10 years lol. Trae Young is just cold-blooded after hitting the logo 3 he referred to bow me the disrespect classy!
The Atlanta Hawks were simply the better defensive team compared to the Knicks as the Knicks were the top 5 defensive teams in the regular season. Hunter played great defense on Randle by pressuring the ball and forcing multiple turnovers. He even played one-on-one defense on Randle (Knicks best offensive player) , preventing him from getting anywhere and forcing a tough stepback to run the clock. The Atlanta Hawks torched the Knicks player all night long either to take a tough jump short or create a turnover. The Hawks defense absolutely rolled in through this series. Derrick Rose who was the best player for the Knicks so far this series held just 6 points, Randle had 23. Coach Tibs could not make adjustments on Trey Cooked and still had Bullock guard him even though Trey Cooked him three straight games. Knicks fans must be devastated, as they finally made the playoffs in 2013 and only to exit in the 1st round in their own home-court.
Hunter and Capela was the biggest story for the Hawks defense this series for real. They turned Randle from most improved player into a non-factor. They did back up their talk. The young players in Atlanta are a special group and fun to watch. They represented the East very well by fighting hard battles throughout the series to deserve nothing but respect. Coming from a disastrous season a year ago the Hawks improved massively, just shows what good coaching can accomplish when coach Nate took over. Even the Knicks played over their heads this year.