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Trae Young reminds us all he’s built for this moment, and it’s got the Hawks back in the playoffs – The Athletic

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers fans’ rally towels twirled in the air with the phrase ‘LET EM KNOW’ in bold crimson lettering and ‘PLAYOFFS 2022’ underneath. Their screams echoed off the walls of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as the Cavs jumped out to an early double-digit lead in the first half.

Everything went well for Cleveland in the first half. The Cavs had faltered the Hawks defense on seemingly every possession, leading to wide-open 3-point attempts for Lauri Markkanen, who knocked them down in the first quarter. Cleveland forced seven turnovers against a team that led the regular season at just 11.9 per game.

The Cavs’ size bothered Atlanta significantly in the first half, and then that size advantage became even more apparent when Hawks starting center Clint Capela went down with what appeared to be a knee injury after Evan Mobley fell to his planted right knee. Capela rolled on the floor for a few minutes before being helped into the dressing room without putting weight on his right leg. TV cameras caught Capela grimacing as he muttered to himself, “Oh shit.” Capela was ruled out for the second half minute later with a right knee hyperextension. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

The Cavs led by 10 at halftime, and the Hawks’ challenge was clear: How would they match Cleveland’s greatness?

https://theathletic.com/3253065/2022/04/16/trae-young-reminds-us-all-hes-built-for-this-moment-and-it-has-the-hawks-back-in-the-playoffs/?source=rss Trae Young reminds us all he’s built for this moment, and it’s got the Hawks back in the playoffs – The Athletic

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