The Atlanta Hawks were without their star guard Trae Young in Game 4 but still blew out the Milwaukee Bucks. 45 minutes before the tipoff, the Hawks announced that Young would sit out the game. The Bucks entered the game as the favorites to win it but the Hawks came together and claimed a 110-88 win to tie the series at two games apiece.
"Yeah, in a lot of [ways] ... 2-2 is a lot different than 3-1," Hawks guard Kevin Huerter said when asked if momentum had shifted after Atlanta's victory here at State Farm Arena. "We know we're guaranteed again to be playing at home in front of our own crowd, and yeah, definitely, 2-2 is a similar position we were in last series.
"[It's] a long way to go, but it's a lot better than being down 3-1."
Young questionable for Game 5
After the game, Hawks coach Nate McMillan revealed that Young is questinable for Game 5. "I don't know," McMillan said.
"The report was just tonight he's out. He didn't feel comfortable enough to put pressure on his foot tonight. I'll get a report tomorrow, and I'm sure it'll be a game-time decision." Hawks guard Huerter had 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
"I mean, it starts off, you start the game and everyone touches the ball," Huerter said. "The ball moves side to side. You want everybody to find a rhythm. We don't need people in transition, pulling up from the logo and offensively going one-on-one the way Trae can.
It's really not anybody [else's] game on this team. So, we didn't need people to play like that. "That message was well-received. Like I said, you start the game off and all five guys score before they have to call a timeout.
That really set the tone for the rest of the game, and it wasn't something that we got away from." Hawks guard Lou Williams finished the game with a game-high 21 points. "Honestly, I was on the training table, Nate walked up, said, 'Trae is going to be out, so I'm going to start you.'
I said OK, and he walked off," Williams said with a smile. "That was the conversation. "It's not like a 'Remember the Titans' thing that happens in the locker room. I promise you it don't. That was it. That was the extent of our conversation, and we got ready for the game."