Hawks guard Trae Young had a sore shoulder issue heading into Game 4 vs. the 76ers, but you ever would have known it.
Young finished with 25 points and 18 assists, as the Hawks overcame a double-digit deficit to even the series at 2-all by holding on and winning, 103-100.
“When he took off his warm-up, that was the first that I saw that,” coach Nate McMillan said of the athletic tape on Young’s shoulder, via Sarah K. Spence of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Young went just 8-of-26 shooting, including 3-of-11 on 3-pointers, but ended the night with a plus-minus rating of +7. His 18 assists were the second-most in Atlanta playoff history, noted Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
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- Power forward John Collins also gave an underrated showing, compiling 14 points, 12 rebounds and some staunch interior defense. “I thought Collins was the guy tonight,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said, via Spence. “Just hitting the glass all night and keeping things alive. I just thought (the Hawks) were the more physical, tougher team. And it wasn’t close tonight.”
- By the way, Rivers is who still holds the record for assists in a playoff game — recording 22 against the Celtics back in 1988, as Spears also noted.
- As ESPN’s Andrew Lopez relayed, the Hawks’ rally from being down 18 points was their largest deficit overcome to win in the postseason in the past 25 years. Until Monday, they had lost 41 straight when trailing by 18 or more in the playoffs.
- In case you missed it, the Celtics reportedly have McMillan on their radar as a possibility to fill their coaching vacancy. McMillan and the Hawks are widely expected to reach agreement on a contract extension after the season. But he’ll be a coaching free agent until they do.