Trae Younger established himself as a villain throughout the Hawks’ 107-105 Sport 1 win over the Knicks on Sunday evening.
In his first profession playoff sport, Younger made the go-ahead shot with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation, handing the Knicks a heartbreaking loss. After the make, he yelled a message towards the Madison Sq. Backyard crowd whereas holding a finger over his mouth.
Here is a have a look at the play, through ESPN.
When you’re a lip reader, you’ll be able to inform that Younger is saying one thing alongside the traces of “It is quiet as f— in right here” after his shot fell. After the sport, he elaborated on why he addressed the gang in such a fashion.
“We have been within the greatest phases. Whenever you’re within the zone and all people’s chanting ‘F-U’ — I do not know if any of y’all have had that, however I had that in faculty and had it once more tonight — it received actual quiet on the finish,” Younger mentioned on the TNT broadcast. “And for me, I wished to listen to these ‘F-U’ chants once more.”
After knocking off the Knicks in such a style, it definitely appears as if he could have extra chants of that kind directed at him for Sport 2 in New York on Wednesday. But it surely additionally sounds as if Younger is able to embrace that villain position.
Not solely did he hit the game-winner, he additionally totaled greater than 30 factors and 10 assists in his playoff debut, one thing that hasn’t been achieved since Derrick Rose’s Bulls playoff debut in 2009.
Trae Younger playoff debut:
He’s the primary participant with 30p/10a in his playoff debut since Derrick Rose. pic.twitter.com/8m4aF3cdrg
— StatMuse (@statmuse) Could 24, 2021
That is good firm for Younger to be conserving, particularly since Rose received the NBA MVP award two seasons after his terrific playoff debut. After a string of injury-plagued seasons, Rose goes robust once more as a key Knicks reserve. He had 17 factors and 5 assists reverse Younger on Sunday evening.
We’ll quickly see if Younger can preserve his sizzling playoff begin going. Both means, his postseason debut was one to recollect.