Atlanta Hawks guard as fans at Madison Square Garden get up on their feet to give their New York Knicks the final round of applause Bring youth He wanted to send the crowd home with one more separation gift.
In the final minute of Game 5 on Wednesday, Young Size Up Knicks forward Reggie Bullock, Shook his teammate John Collins Went to work. The shot fell clockwise, and Young picked up a few small drops on his left. Someone then moved between the legs, he lifted from a distance of 30 feet and struck 3 pointers to calm the crowd.
As the shot entered, Young took a bow on center court and said goodbye to the crowd that insulted him in this first round playoff series.
“I know where we are, I know it’s shows around this city,” Young said of Will after Hawks’ 103-89 victory. “I know what they will do when the show is over.”
Young got the last laugh on Wednesday as the Hawks knocked out the Knicks in five games. The series began with Knicks fans chanting “F — Trey Young”, and one fan spat at Young during Game 2.
But when all was said and done, Young and Hawks advanced to the second round, confirming Young’s position as a Madison Square Garden villain.
“It’s great,” Young said. “Like I said from the start of the season. To play in the playoffs on the biggest stage, I think I worked my whole life for this moment. I did a lot of work. A lot of guys have done the same here. It’s good to win the series. Now we have to focus on the second round. “
Young added that it would have been a pleasant win if the Hawks had won at home or on the road, but the win in New York City was good “because all the fans are still chanting the same thing”.
Collins, who has been Young’s team-mate for three seasons with Atlanta, said Young eats junk talk from the crowd.
“Trey likes these things,” Collins said. “He’s grinding in the gym and you see him playing and playing in the crowd. Some guys get motivated and you can see their reason and extra motivation to play based on the crowd. The crowd gives you energy.
“Trey wants to use that negative energy and use it as fuel for him. For fans who want to resist that man, please go ahead. It’s not going to bother him, we ‘ve got his back.”
Young supported his speech with his play. He finished with 36 points and nine assists in Game 5, averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists per game for the series. Attacked the winner in Game 1 to start the series.
According to ESPN statistics and information research, Young became the second player in NBA history to watch three straight 30-point games as a spectator for MSG in the playoffs. Michael Jordan is the other.
Young’s role as the primary villain for Nix fans was clear, the Hawks Center Clint Chapel The fire on Tuesday added more fuel. Kapila was critical of Knicks’ body play and said the Hawks could get it out.
He added, “Now we’re coming to your house to win this game again and send you on vacation.”
Cabella supported his speech with 14 points, 15 rebounds and two volumes. He was 5-for-5 from the ground in the first half, making it to 66 career playoff games for the first time.
“I definitely trust my team and I and our team,” Cabella said. “We did that job, we came here thinking we didn’t want to give them anything. We did that job from start to finish. We deserved it.”
Hawks coach Nate Macmillan said he talked to Cabella about allowing the team’s game to speak for them, but his teammates liked what they heard.
“I loved it,” Collins said. “Obviously, his end was big talk and somehow lined up the team, but we were on his back and we knew he was going to come out and give 100 percent. I had no problem with that. He wanted to come out and do what he said, send them on vacation and send them home. “
With the Knicks out, the Hawks turn their attention to the number one Philadelphia 76ers, who beat the Washington Wizards in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Game 1 for Atlanta and Philadelphia is set for Sunday.