Trae Young officially arrived as he led the Atlanta Hawks to an inaugural win over the New York Knicks. With a 4-1 win, the Hawks have never looked back at taking control of the series at the start.
During this intense series of games, Young became a villain in New York who often interacted with the crowd. At one point, even a fan spat on Young in a series of fan incidents in the first round of the playoffs.
Young would have a spectacular start to his playoff career with an average of 29.2 points and 9.8 assists per game.
In Game 1, he became the first player to score 25 points and 10 assists on his playoff debut since Derrick Rose did it in 2009. Young ended that night with a game-winning floater.
In the series, Young became the third player in NBA history to lead his team on points and assists (including draws) in each of his first 5+ career NBA playoff games.
He ended the series with a dagger from across the arch, followed by a bow to the crowd of fans at Madison Square Garden.
After the game, he made sure to speak to about what the bow meant in an interview Andrew Lopez from ESPN and the rest of the media.
“I know where we are. I know there are a lot of shows in this city. And I know what they do when the show is over. “
In the second round, Young and the Hawks face the Philadelphia 76ers as Joel Embiid’s health is in question.