Atlanta Hawks guard as fans at Madison Square Garden wake up on their feet to give their New York Knicks a final round of applause on Wednesday Bring youth He wanted to send the crowd home with one more separation gift.
In the final minute of Game 5, 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 went inside, Young took a bow on center court and said goodbye to the crowd that had insulted him throughout the first round playoff series of this Eastern Conference.
“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.”
It was Young who got the last laugh on Wednesday, with the Hawks knocking out the Nix 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, playing on the big stage playoffs, 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 focus on the second round. Have to pay. “
Young explained that it would have been a pleasant success if the Hawks had won at home or on the road, but the win in New York City – “all the fans are still chanting the same things” – was good too.
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. Any fans who want to stand up to that man please go ahead. It’s not going to bother him, we 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 per 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. Cabella was critical of Knicks’ body play, and said the Hawks could get it out.
“Now we’re coming to your house to win this game again and send it on vacation,” Cabella said.
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 had his back, we knew he was going to come out and give 100 percent. I have no problem with that” I wanted to come out and do what he said: send them home 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 the Hawks and Sixers is set for Sunday in Philadelphia.