Hawks’ Trae Young shimmies his way to another signature playoff performance in Game 1 win over Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Steph Curry has actually mastered the shimmy after a made shot.

Atlanta’s Trae Young took the shimmy to the next level by doing it prior to a made 3-pointer.

Nearing completion of the 3rd quarter Wednesday, Young crossed up Jrue Vacation and discovered himself so broad open for a 3-pointer that he stopped briefly, surveyed the scene, did a little shoulder shimmy and left it fly. Count it.

It belonged to his unique 48-point, 11-assist efficiency in the Hawks’ 116-113 success over the Milwaukee Bucks in Video Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Young is the second-youngest gamer in NBA history to have at least 45 points and 10 helps in a championship game behind Dallas’ Luka Doncic — yet another connection in between the very best gamers of an outstanding 2018 draft class who were basically traded for each other.

In his playoff launching, Young included more remarkable minutes to an outstanding collection of them. Young has actually had at least 25 points and 10 helps in 5 championship game and is balancing 30.5 points and 10.5 helps in 13 video games.

“He just has the skill that these top players have in this league,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated. “You have to put him with the top guys in the league. He really doesn’t have a weakness on the offensive end of the floor. He can shoot from deep. He stretches the floor. He has a mid-range game. He will pass the ball, find his teammates. He shoots free throws well.”

His capability to break down defenses with dribbling, passing and shooting has actually ended up being an issue for playoff challengers. New york city had the No. 4 defense, Philadelphia No. 2 and Milwaukee No. 9.

“He’s seen all the defenses that teams have played against him,” McMillan stated. “We’ve talked about this throughout the season. He’s seen a box-and-one. He’s seen bigger defenders. He’s seen physical defenders. He has seen teams trap and try to get the ball out of his hands.

“This becomes part of the development that he needs to go through, and the excellent gamers, they go through this and they gain from it. However they do not enable the various protections to take them out of their video game. They still discover methods to be efficient, and Trae has actually had the ability to do that.”

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Young is shooting just 42.2% from the field and 32.8% on 3-pointers, but his playmaking and confidence compensate for that.

There is context to the shimmy 3. Young didn’t have a great 3-point shooting game. He was just 3-for-8 before that attempt and 4-for-13 for the game. But he didn’t lack confidence, and it delivered a message to the Bucks: the Hawks aren’t going to give this series to Milwaukee, and they’re here to take it.

Young sheepishly downplayed the shimmy.

“I had a great deal of time and was type of tired a bit,” he said, “so I got a little 2nd to get a deep breath and knock it down.”

But it’s clear Young thrives in this atmosphere. He jaws at the crowd, and at one point in the second half, he said something to the Bucks bench that caught the attention of referee Zach Zarba, who didn’t like what he heard and went straight to the Hawks coaching staff at the timeout. Zarba and Young had a brief and respectful conversation before played resumed.

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“When I was going on the roadway in intermediate school, I constantly liked using the roadway,” Young said after Atlanta’s sixth road win and third Game 1 road victory of the playoffs. “I liked betting the opposing crowd, an opposing group. It seems like you’re truly simply with your group, and it’s simply them in the structure. I believe that truly brings our group together. We’re a close group. When you’re on the roadway, it truly requires you to come closer with your colleagues, to truly discover a method to win.”

When Young’s shot wasn’t falling in the fourth quarter (just 1-for-7), he made winning plays: three assists and 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line. His pass to John Collins for a corner 3 cutting Milwaukee’s lead to 111-110 with 1:39 left changed the trajectory of the game.

McMillan said Young is built for this moment. Then-Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the same thing about Doncic, who hasn’t made it out of the first round. But what they mean is that they aren’t afraid of the moment.

“He’s a young gamer, so there’s a lot more space for development for Trae,” McMillan said. “This is his very first time in the playoffs, and as I was essentially working with him throughout the season, I truly felt he was constructed for this time of the season. He’s a brave gamer. He’s a positive gamer. He’s a kid that every second that he’s on the flooring, he’s providing it to you. He’s providing whatever that he has.

“I really feel that his game, his style of play, is really built for this time of the season.”

McMillan, the previous point player, has actually invested a great deal of time with Young this season. “I’ve been in his position before,” McMillan stated. “I certainly don’t have the talent that he has (long pause for effect) on the offensive end of the floor.”

It drew laughes. McMillan was a two-time All-Defensive group honoree, and well, let’s simply state that’s not Young’s specialty.

“When you have a coach that believes in you and then you’ve got great teammates around you that make plays and also believe in you, it makes my job a lot easier,” Young stated. “I just go out there, I have fun, enjoy the game and just try and leave it at that. Then whatever happens, happens. It’s been fun.”

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This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Hawks, Trae Young vibrate their method past Bucks in Video Game 1 of East finals

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