Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 70
  1. #1
    Administrator rady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    4,715
    Rep Power
    10

    Atlanta Hawks Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks 5/30/2021 1:00 pm [Game #4]





    (41-31) -- (41-31)


    NBA PLAYOFFS 2021 ROUND 1
    Series (2 - 1)

    Venue TV TIME
    State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA ABC 1:00 PM EST



    Probable starters:






    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Atlanta Hawks
    Mitchell Robinson - Foot surgery (OUT) Brandon Goodwin - Minor respiratory condition (OUT)
    - Cam Reddish - Right Achilles soreness (OUT)


    Game Preview

    Fans watching the first-round playoff series between Atlanta and New York have seen what the Hawks' Trae Young can do. They're still waiting for the Knicks' Julius Randle to show up with his best.

    Young and Randle will be under the microscope again Sunday afternoon in Atlanta when the teams meet in Game 4 of their best-of-seven playoff series, which the Hawks lead 2-1.

    Young scored 21 points and had 14 assists in Friday's 105-94 win in Atlanta. He had 32 and 30 points as the teams split the first two games of the series in New York.

    The Knicks' Randle, voted the NBA's Most Improved Player, has been frustrated through the first three games. He had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Game 3, but was just 2-for-15 from the field. He scored 15 points in each of the first two games and has faced constant double-teams, nearly 10 points off his season average (24.1).

    "We've got to adapt and we will," Randle said.

    Young sparked the Hawks on a 22-5 run to close the first half of Game 3, which gave Atlanta a double-digit lead it enjoyed most of the second half.

    "He doesn't really have a weakness," Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said of his third-year point guard playing in the playoffs for the first time. "He takes what the defense gives him. He does a good job finding the open man when the defense collapses in the paint. When they don't, he's attacking and finishing at the rim."

    That's what Young did in the first game when he stunned the New York crowd with the game-winning floater with less than a second remaining for the Hawks' 107-105 victory.

    Teammate John Collins said, "When you have a guy that can find open seams, sees them and can make those passes, it just makes everything easier."

    "It feels great," Young said. "This is my first experience at home in the playoffs. I'm looking forward to having a lot more of these."

    The difference in Game 3 was defense, said New York coach Tom Thibodeau -- or a lack of it.

    "I thought our defense in Game 2 was vital because it got us into the open floor, it got us some easy buckets and I didn't think we ever really got our defense going (Friday)," he said. "We have to understand the intensity we have to bring to each game."

    The Knicks have leaned heavily on veteran Derrick Rose, who started for the first time in Game 3 and scored 30 points. Rose had 26 points in New York's Game 2 win.

    "If you're not making plays with a shooting team like that, there's no way you're going to win the game," Rose said.

    Thibodeau retained a positive outlook about the rest of the series.

    "Their attitude is very upbeat, and their work ethic is second to none," he said. "We're disappointed, obviously, in the way we played, and we'll take a good, hard look at it and come back with more determination in the next game. We have great belief in each other. We have to settle back down and hopefully we'll play better on Sunday."

    Atlanta has won 12 straight at home, where it is 20-2 over its last 22 games.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

  2. #2
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Every time this team has been on the ropes, it has fought back hard this season. Huge challenge today. We have several guys who are playing basically their worst basketball of the season in this series. Rose is carrying us, but thatís not enough.

    Big game today. Letís go Knicks!

  3. #3
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    If nothing else, this series is some learning experience for Thibs and Randle. These guys likely have a bunch of years together in front of them. According to Rose, Nate McMillan and the Hawks are showing Randle double teams coming from unexpected directions.

    If your star gets demolished by the other teamís defensive strategy, you sure know where to start breaking down film in the off-season.

    As far as RJ, heís playing playoff basketball at 20-years-old. He turns 21 in a couple weeks. If heís going to be a star in this league, this is the kind of experience you need to learn how to keep your head on straight. No high school, college, or regular season basketball game prepares you for the playoffs.

  4. #4
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Interesting note on how Trae Young is being used in this series. Early in the series, Knicks were guarding him with some of our smaller guys, so Hawks were heavily using screens to knock the defender off the ball.

    More recently in the series, Knicks switched to using larger defenders on Young (like Bullock), so Hawks then went away from using screens and instead have been letting Young go past the larger defenders on his own using his speed.

    Also, Young scored 30 points in first 2 games. He then switched to more of a distributing role in game 3 with 14 assists.

    McMillan and Young were ready for what we were going to do to stop Young.

    Thibs and Randle were not ready for what the Hawks were going to do to stop Randle.

    That has to change today.

  5. #5
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Derrick Rose looks like heís playing in his driveway. The rest of our guys look like they are having a panic attack.

  6. #6
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Trae Young is destroying us. He is playing head and shoulders above anyone else right now. Our guys need to step up or this game is going to go real bad, real fast.

  7. #7
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Huge for the Knicks that the refs are calling the over the back foul on Capela. Capela could get every offensive board if we donít get that call.

  8. #8
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Derrick Rose with 10 points in 8 minutes. He is a stealth all-star in this league if his body could hold up for a season.

  9. #9
    Administrator rady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    4,715
    Rep Power
    10

    Default

    Randle still shooting a lot of bricks but at least he's made some field goals

  10. #10
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Giving up offensive boards. A problem all season. May be our undoing. Canít give Atlanta 2 tries, let alone 3.

  11. #11
    Administrator rady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    4,715
    Rep Power
    10

    Default

    26-25 Knicks after the first, too bad about Barrett's final shot

  12. #12
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    3,864
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Trying to watch the game and the Indy 500 at the same time. Itís my fathers birthday and we always watched the race together until he passed 3 years ago. Miss u pop. I thought that last bucket by RJ was good but he took to long time line it up. JR starting to come around and Iím glad to see Drose back in there. Letís steal one boys.

  13. #13
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    8,592
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Just like in game 3, Hawks starting to make a big 2nd quarter run.

  14. #14
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    3,864
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Hawks starting to hit lot of in and out balls for us I thought IQís deep jumper was money

  15. #15
    Administrator rady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    4,715
    Rep Power
    10

    Default

    9-0 run for the Hawks.. 30-34, a couple of threes by Bogdanovic and Gallo

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 82
    Last Post: Jun 05, 2021, 06:29
  2. Replies: 42
    Last Post: May 29, 2021, 18:19
  3. Replies: 100
    Last Post: May 28, 2021, 15:29
  4. Replies: 47
    Last Post: May 25, 2021, 01:51
  5. Replies: 34
    Last Post: Jan 05, 2021, 16:04

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •