The Hawks hosted the Trailblazers on Friday night and lost 118-98. Coming in, the Hawks were on a three-game winning streak with two if those wins coming against playoff teams.
Trae Young had back-to-back 30-point, 10-assist games in that stretch as he led the Hawks to these impressive wins. The Blazers have found themselves with some bad luck in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, CJ McCollum was injured, and earlier this week Jusuf Nurkic suffered a season ending injury. The Blazers are left with just Damian Lillard for now, as McCollum I set to return soon.
Trae and Dame battle in the first
Coming in we knew this would be a marquee matchup against these two point guards. Lillard hit a 3 to start the game and Young came right back down on the other end to answer. From then on it was war between the guards. They both played the entire quarter, and had 18 points. Lillard has a little more help from his teammates as the Blazers ended the quarter with the lead. It’s nice to see Young keeping up with some of the elite point guards night in and night out, and he has earned his respect from them this season.
Not a great shooting night
The Hawks were down the entire game, and it seemed like the ball just didn’t want to go in the hoop. Vince Carter had about three 3-pointers that rimmed in and out. Young was missing his usual floaters and layups that he has mastered every night. Even John Collins and Kevin Huerter had some shots that looked like they were going in but just didn’t make it.
Coach Pierce decided to start the defensive minded Justin Anderson for the injured Taurean Prince. Anderson played some solid minutes, and had an amazing block towards the end of the first half:
Deyonta Davis also got some extra minutes as well, with Alex Len nursing some nagging injuries as Coach Pierce stated. He had a solid night with six points and four rebounds, as Young set him up for some nice dunks down low.
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