Star guard Trae Young went out of his way to question the officiating after the Hawks’ 115-105 loss to the Heat in Game 2, leaving Atlanta in a 2-0 series hole.
“If the refs are going to let them be as physical as they are and not call fouls, it’s going to be hard to really do anything anyways,” he said.
Young has really struggled in this series, scoring just eight points — well below his average — in Game 1. In the next one, he scored 25, but committed 10 turnovers. He also picked up a technical for arguing a call.
Either way, coach Nate McMillan thinks the Hawks have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, as the series now shifts to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4. (Game 3 is already a sellout, by the way.)
“You can’t have 19 turnovers in a playoff game and expect to win,” McMillan said. “They scored 21 points off of our turnovers. A lot of those came in transition … and I thought that was the difference.”
Without question, Young and the Hawks will need to figure out something. The Heat are now 5-1 against the Hawks on the season.