The Atlanta Hawks secured eighth place in the Eastern Conference thanks to an unreal performance by Trae Young in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Atlanta Hawks had the ninth-best record in the Eastern Conference, which meant they had to run the play-in tournament gauntlet to finish eighth in the NBA playoffs. After blowing out the Charlotte Hornets on April 13, the Hawks had to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road Friday night.
Things were looking bleak for the Hawks, but Trae Young became “Ice Trae” in the second half by scoring 32 points to lead the team to a 107-101 win. Now Atlanta meets the top seeded Miami Heat in the first round.
Young’s performance left the NBA media and even LeBron James in awe.
Trae Young went all out Ice Trae vs. Cavs left LeBron, NBA media in awe
Young was stone cold in the first half as he scored just six points while shooting 3-for-11 from the field. Atlanta was down 61-51 at halftime, and Young stepped up when it mattered. In fact, Young scored or assisted on 43 of 56 of Atlanta’s second-half points, actually outscoring the entire Cavaliers team. per ESPN stats and info.
As for Cleveland, they have to complain that they had a 14-point lead over Atlanta only to lose. However, this is a Cavaliers team that led the league in losses when they led by 10+ points in the regular season.
Young will look to lead the Hawks to another long playoff run, and that’s starting to upset the Heat.
Game 1 of the first round series between Atlanta and Miami takes place on Sunday, April 17 at 1:00pm ET and will be aired on TNT.
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