Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young is confident that his team will be back to the Eastern Conference Finals. On Saturday night, the Hawks suffered a 118-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals series.
The Hawks ended up losing the series 4-2. "I feel like we'll be back, and I meant it with my whole heart," Young said. Young didn't play in Games 4 and 5 but returned to lineup in Game 6. "For me, not being able to be out there for my team for two games, and then tonight just wanting to battle and try to fight through it as much as I could and try to be out there for my team, it's definitely frustrating not being healthy and not being able to give my full 100 percent," Young said.
Hawks coach praises Young
"I think he's built for this time of the season," coach Nate McMillan said. "You need a player that can create and put the ball in the basket, but create opportunities for his teammates, that has that confidence that he has shown out on the floor.
He's fearless. He doesn't back down from anyone or any type of challenge. Teams have put bigger, physical players on him. Teams have double-teamed him. They've knocked him down. They've done a lot of things that you do to good players like that.
"This kid continues to take that and find ways to be productive. I've seen a lot of good players and great players in this league, and I think he has that potential. I really do think he has that potential. He gives everything he has when he's out there on the floor.
This guy is committed to winning. He's committed to this team. He has a talent, a special talent that you need in order to have success this time of the year." Hawks big man John Collins felt something he had never felt before.
"It's a feeling I never really felt before," said forward John Collins, who like several Hawks was making his first trip to the playoffs. "Obviously, feeling like we had a real chance to hold up that Larry O'Brien Trophy, coming up short, and understanding all the positive things we've done this year to help us get to this point, and all the things that I didn't do or felt like I could have done harder or been locked in or more focused on are flooding in my mind as well.
"So it's just a rush of a lot of emotions that I don't necessarily understand how to process yet, but I can tell you that I'm proud of this group and the way we've battled and competed up to this point."