Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young got rid off Jrue Holiday -- one of the best defenders in the NBA -- and then did a little shimmy in front of Bobby Portis. After the shimmy, Young fired a three and he made the shot. At the end of Game 1 versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Young had 48 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists as the Hawks beat the Bucks 116-113.
"I mean, I had a lot of time," Young, sai with a smile. "I had a lot of time. "I was kind of tired a little bit, so I had a little second to get a deep breath, and knock it down." Hawks guard Kevin Huerter couldn't believe what he just saw.
Huerter contributed to Hawks' win with 13 points- "I was thinking the same thing you guys were: 'Did he really just do that?'" Hawks guard Huerter said. Hawks big man John Collins described Young as a "bold dude."
Collins finished the game with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Collins insists Young is a 'big-time player'
"Trae is a bold dude, to just be frank with you," Hawks forward Collins said. "He lives for those moments.
"I don't know what more people need to see from him in the playoffs to let them know he's a big-time player. He loves the bright lights. "I forgot about the shimmy, but that's just Trae. That's his swag.
If it helps him make the shot, then keep shimmying, my boy." The Hawks have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and they won Game 1 of the series against the Bucks. The Hawks beat the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers to make the Esstern Conference Finals.
Young feels the Hawks are capable of competing against any team in the playoffs. "I think we can go as far as we want to," Young said. "I don't think there is a ceiling, unless you put the [NBA] Finals on it.
"I believe in this team, and we all believe in each other." The Bucks entered the series as the favorites to beat the Hawks and make the NBA Finals. "It's not easy [to win]," Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, after finishing with 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
"Never gets easy. "At the end of the day, we got to come and do our job. We got to be better."