Worn by Trae Young, the Hawks take on the Heat in the playoffs!

When the smell of an endgame is felt, even if it’s just the “play-in”, the big players react present most of the time. It’s not the Cavaliers who will say the opposite, recalling Trae Young (38 points, 9 assists), the brilliant boss of these brave Hawks.

The all-star point guard, author of 30 of his 38 second-half points, was indeed great on offense to send his team to the playoffs for the second straight season (107-101). A success in the snatch (and in two legs) for Atlanta, who will therefore face Miami in the first round on Sunday night.

For the Cleveland players, on the other hand, it’s obviously time to grimace, as this rather severe setback marks the end of a beautiful and surprising season. Long installed in the top 6 in the east, the young guard from Ohio collapsed after the All-Star break and has to say goodbye to their playoff dreams as prematurely as it is regrettable.

WHAT YOU NEED TO NOTE

Amazing Trae Young. This player is definitely not made of the same cloth as the others. His 2021 playoff campaign had already shown some inclination to up his game level in major events. His play-in 2022 confirmed this impression. Because the leader of the Hawks loves to play the air conditioners whenever an audience is a bit too provocative towards him. So, after the Knicks or the Sixers, it was the Cavs’ turn to taste the show of the outrageous “Ice Trae,” who was untenable after the break, whether with his 3 points, with his assists, or with his floaters. A boss game, neither more nor less.

Cruel end for Cleveland. This group probably didn’t deserve to end their season like this. Impeccable and attractive for two-thirds of this 2021-22 fiscal year, through to 3rd place in the East on the All-Star break, the Cavaliers will not make the playoffs. Because the squad around Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen collapsed in the final sprint and tirelessly crashed into the dreaded play-in zone. And finally, within a few days, to be cold-picked by two simply more experienced teams. However, the future in Ohio looks bright…

Clint Capela’s injury, Jarrett Allen’s return. The two starting points of each franchise have met mixed fortunes today. While the Cavaliers finally found competition after about a month and a half absence due to a sore finger, the Hawks were forced to leave their teammates during the meeting. The Swiss was hit in the knee after Evan Mobley fell on him and had to return to the dressing room immediately with the help of two of his team-mates. Anything but reassuring, two days before the start of the (real) playoffs…

TOPS/FLOPS

Bogdan Bogdanovic. At Trae Young’s side, the Hawks could count on the significant contribution of their Serbian backer from the bench (19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) before it burst into flames. Accustomed to fierce games in Europe, Bogdan Bogdanovic played the firefighters on duty in a fiery atmosphere to prevent his people from being left behind on the scoreboard when the rest of his collective doesn’t put one foot in front of the other. A solid and decisive goal from “Bogi”, like all Atlanta substitutes.

Lauri Markkanen. The Finn (26 points, 8 rebounds) confidently played the role of the Cavaliers’ first offensive option. Like the rest of his teammates, he initially put up an impressive 3-point address to push the local cavalry towards a ten-unit advantage in that first half which he finished on 17 points. The kind of capital effort alongside Darius Garland (21 points, 9 assists, 3 steals) that deserved a better result. Except that the Cleveland players literally came out of the locker room with a whole different face…

Cleveland’s second half. On vacation, the Cavaliers risk spending days, if not weeks, brooding over their failed second half. Carried by a crazy atmosphere for a good half hour of play to counting up to 14 points ahead, JB Bickerstaff’s men then gradually collapsed under pressure from the Hawks. As a result, Trae Young’s teammates derailed the Cavs’ defense (with some award-winning baskets) and offered a much better defense even without Clint Capela.

THE FOLLOWING

Cleveland : On the way to vacation.

Atlanta : Trip to Miami, Sunday evening (7:00 p.m.) for Game 1 of Round 1.

equestrian / 101 shots jumps
player minimum shots 3 points LF O D T pd party international bp CT +/- Points valuation
L. Markkanen 37 17.10 6/12 0/0 1 7 8th 0 4 2 1 1 +8 26 29
J Allen 36 4/4 0/0 3/4 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 1 -3 11 14
E Mobley 37 6/12 1/3 5/6 3 5 8th 5 4 0 0 2 +3 18 26
D Garland 43 27.9 1/7 2/2 1 2 3 9 0 3 5 0 +2 21 13
C.LeVert 40 5/13 4/9 2/2 0 3 3 5 4 1 2 0 0 16 15
K.Love 10 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 4 4 0 2 1 0 0 -8th 3 7
I.Okoro 22 2/3 0/1 2/3 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 -14 6 9
R.Rondo 15 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 -18 0 1
In total 37/81 13/36 14/17 8th 28 36 23 20 8th 11 4 101
hawks / 107 shots jumps
player minimum shots 3 points LF O D T pd party international bp CT +/- Points valuation
D Gallinari 41 13.4 2/6 4/4 1 2 3 1 2 0 3 1 +11 14 7
D.Hunter 28 5/14 0/5 0/0 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 0 -16 10 4
C. Capela 13 3/3 0/0 1/2 4 4 8th 0 1 0 0 0 -21 7 14
T Young 40 13/25 4/11 8/9 0 3 3 9 1 0 4 1 +4 38 34
K. Huerter 29 6/11 1/3 0/0 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 0 -11 13 13
O Okongwu 29 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 8th 9 0 4 1 1 0 +21 2 11
G. Dieng 5 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 +5 0 -2
B. Bogdanovic 29 6/8 2/3 5/5 1 4 5 2 4 3 0 0 +9 19 27
D Wright 21 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 4 6 1 0 0 2 1 +24 2 6
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 4 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +4 2 2
In total 39/80 31.9 20/22 10 32 42 15 19 5 13 3 107

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