Trae Young returns to the Atlanta Hawks just in time to face her favorite foe.
Young and the Hawks are scheduled to visit the New York Knicks Wednesday night in the latest rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
Young seems to want to distance himself further from the controversy stemming from his absence from a recent match. Young returned to the Hawks on Monday night, when he scored a brace as the Atlanta hosts fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-114.
The Knicks have been out of action since Sunday, when they continued their four-game streak at home by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-81.
Young schedules a routine statistics stream while taking on his usual workload on Mondays. He finished with 23 points and 10 assists while playing 36:40 – in line with his season average of 27.6 points, 9.6 assists, 35.5 minutes per game.
This is his first appearance since November 30.
The fifth-year star guard, battling a right shoulder injury, did not attend Friday’s 117-109 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Athletic reports Young’s absence stems from a disagreement Friday morning with head coach Nate McMillan, who asked Young to attend the pre-match gunfight series and receive treatment on his shoulder throughout the process. walk.
Young wanted to be treated in the gunfight, after which McMillan is said to have said that Young could come off the bench on Friday or sit out. McMillan said Monday morning that he has never given Young such an ultimatum.
“I would never – and never have – told a player not to be in a game,” McMillan said before the game on Monday. “That’s just untrue.”
Young said he wished the story hadn’t been made public.
“I’ll just focus on basketball and focus on helping my team win,” he said.
Few teams seem to crystallize Young’s focus like the Knicks, for whom he is averaging 27.9 points and 9.2 assists per game in 14 regular games of the season. . He also averaged 29.2 points and 9.8 assists in the Hawks’ five-game win over the Knicks in the 2021 knockouts, as Young emerged as a Reggie Miller-like foe in matches at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks will go up against a common tormentor in one game after making the best of the budding potential thorn in their side.
Donovan Mitchell, who was linked with New York in trade talks throughout the summer before being dealt with in Cleveland, scored 23 points in an 8-of-22 shootout on Sunday. He collected 38 points on a 12/20 shot in the Cavaliers’ 121-108 win over the Knicks on October 30.
The Knicks had more in mind on Sunday than simply stopping Mitchell.
The win broke New York’s five-game losing streak at home, which was 28 points behind in the second half after a 121-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. It also marks only the fourth win this season against a team currently occupying a play-off or play-in tournament spot.
The allowed 81 points are also the lowest of the season for the Knicks, who have left the least points and sixth in the NBA respectively during Tom Thibodeau’s first two seasons as head coach. But the Knicks entered Sunday scoring at least 120 points in three of their previous five games.
“I’m glad we won the way we did,” said Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson. “It was a rough attack. But the fact that our defense was able to keep us in it is a good sign.
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