Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks Snatch East Finals Game 1 Against Milwaukee Bucks, 116-113
The Atlanta Hawks led by young star Trae Young grabbed the Eastern Conference finals opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-113 on Wednesday night, June 23.
'Ice Trae' in Game 1
The 22-year-old rising star, Trae Young, displayed his composure once again in hostile environments in his career's first postseason. Young dropped 48 points, 11 assists rebounds to steal the Game 1 show in front of the Milwaukee Crowd inside Fiserv Forum.
The East Finals opener win put the Hawks to a 6-2 record on the road in the playoffs this year. The Hawks win on the road also marked the first home loss of the Milwaukee Bucks in the postseason.
According to ESPN, Trae Young shared that ever since he was playing in middle school, he always loved to play against home teams. Young emphasized that he loved playing against an opposing team in front of the opposing crowd because it feels like it's him and his team against everyone in the building.
Young also stated that despite being outnumbered, it brings their group together. Young scored his playoff-career high 48 points on the road to get the upper hand in the series against the Bucks, Yahoo Sports reported.
When asked how the win on the East Finals opener feels, Young responded that it was special. He also revealed that he always wanted to achieve things like this when he was still a rookie.
Giannis Antetokounmpo also shared that Young is a great player. He also added that they have tried to play physically against Young and make the game tough for him but still, Young was able to get away with a victory.
The Bucks' star also revealed that they want to avoid plays that will put Young on the free-throw line, but Young was able to find ways to go to the charity stripe.
Missing: Khris Middleton
The supporting Cast of Young also came up big in Game 1. John Collins, who recorded 23 points with 15 rebounds, while Hawks' center Clint Capela scored 12 points with 19 monster rebounds.
During the postgame interview, Collins stated that they got the Game 1 win after trying to withstand, defend and try to make plays. He said that they were able to do that until the end that's why they won.
The Hawks' veterans were not a dominant force in the East Finals opener but they also hit timely shots to break the momentum of the raging Bucks.
Despite the heroic performances from Bucks' stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, the Milwaukee team still fell short to protect their home, CBS Sports reported. Antetokounmpo scored 34 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists, while Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists but they missed the production of another Bucks star Khris Middleton.
The Bucks Wingman only scored 15 points in a 6 of 23 shooting night. He also missed all of his nine attempts beyond the arc which could have been the game-changer in Game 1. Middleton missed a potential game-tying three in the final seconds of the opener but he also admitted that he needs to be better to win the series.
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