Trae Young dominated the clutch.
The Atlanta Hawks won 130-122 against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the 1st round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Atlanta State Farm Arena on the 22nd (hereinafter Korean time).
Seventh-seeded메이저놀이터 Atlanta trailed second-seeded Boston 0-2 in the series. If he loses on this day, it will be virtually difficult to advance to the second round. Ace Trae Young forgot the sluggishness of the last two games and exploded.
Young played nearly 37 minutes on the day and became the vanguard of victory with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, and a field goal success rate of 54.5% (12/22).
Young’s true value was revealed in the fourth quarter. Atlanta seldom widened the score gap in Boston’s fierce pursuit. However, Young activated ‘Ice Tray’ mode.
Young broke Boston’s will by scoring important points at every critical moment. Young’s 4th quarter record was 15 points and 2 rebounds. As a result, Atlanta made the series 1-2 with a valuable victory at home.
In a post-match interview, Young expressed confidence, saying, “I know I can play this way. Like I said in the last game, I wasn’t worried about my sluggishness. I read the game and made the right adjustments.”
Young and backcourt duo Dezonte Murray also faithfully played the role of second option with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
“We had a big win in the playoffs. Dizonte Murray and I had a really good game. The guards need to control the game. We’re pretty good guards. We played well when we were leading,” Young said. .
When asked if it was the best match he and Young had played, Murray also expressed satisfaction by replying “definitely”.
Young was recently named the most overrated player in an anonymous survey of active NBA players conducted by The Athletic. It is undeniable that he is Atlanta’s ace, but there are many who question his ups and downs.
However, Young proved his worth on this day and saved Atlanta from crisis. Atlanta fans will be hoping Young will show his presence in Game 4 on the 24th.