Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks 6/2/2021 7:30 pm [Game #5]


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Series (3 - 1)

Madison Square Garden, New York, NYMSG, ESPN7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

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

Game Preview

For Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks' first-round series against the New York Knicks became personal during a Game 1 win in which he was continually taunted by a rabid Madison Square Garden crowd.

Things became personal for the rest of his teammates late in a Game 4 win -- just in time for the Hawks to receive a chance to deliver to the Knicks the most hurtful blow of all.

The Hawks will look to close out an increasingly feisty series Wednesday night, when they are scheduled to visit the Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Hawks took a commanding three games to one series lead Sunday, when six players scored in double figures and host Atlanta led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 victory.

The Hawks, who won both games in Atlanta, are trying to advance beyond the first round for the first since the spring of 2016, when they reached the conference semifinals.

"Obviously we're excited to win a game," said Young, who scored a game-high 27 points. "But the job's not done. It's not done until the series is over. We have to have that same mentality, that same approach -- try to go up to New York and finish it there."

Only 13 of the 260 NBA teams to fall behind three games to one in the postseason have come back to win the series. The Knicks are 0-for-13 in such situations, but All-Star power forward Julius Randle expressed equal parts defiance and confidence Sunday afternoon.

"I like our chances," Randle said. "To answer your question (about the Knicks' plight), I love our chances. It's not over. It's not nearly over."

Nor is the animosity between the teams. Hawks power forward John Collins received four stitches in his lip after being hit by Randle as the latter drove toward the hoop in the third quarter. Randle was whistled for an offensive foul following a replay challenge from Atlanta head coach Nate McMillan.

Late in the fourth, Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari hit Knicks forward Reggie Bullock around the neck. On the next possession, Randle was issued a flagrant foul after shoving Gallinari following a whistle.

"They try to play tough, push our guys around, talk (stuff), but we can do that too," Hawks center Clint Capela said Tuesday morning before he all but guaranteed Atlanta would win Wednesday night.

"What (are) you going to do about it?" Capela said. "We can be physical, but we can win games as well and now we're coming to your home to win this game again. And send you on vacation."

To stave off the summer, the Knicks, who allowed a league-low 104.7 points per game during the regular season, will need to rediscover their defensive identity. The Hawks' 113 points Sunday were the most surrendered by New York since a 128-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on May 7.

The Knicks haven't won a game in which they've allowed more than 110 points since a 137-127 overtime win over the Hawks on April 21 -- and haven't won when allowing more than 110 points in regulation since a 131-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on March 23.

"We've got to fix it," Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We've got to fix it fast."

--Field Level Media

I believe in this team. This team has fought hard every game all season. C?mon fellas, let?s go and get this win tonight!


Wsup Rady .... Thanks for all the Game-Threads in the Covid-19 NBA season.
You help keep me up on the Knicks and their opponents throughout the season.
I wish the Knicks were leading the series 3-1, or even 2-2 .. but the Knicks team collapse in Atlanta.
They say the truth hurts ..
Well, the truth bout the Knicks performance in four postseason games ...

I became disgusted after Game-3 in Atlanta, why? That was a must win Knicks game!
I gave up all my Knicks postseason hope & optimism after watching Game-4.
In both games in Atlanta, the Knicks performance in the 2nd half of each game put a capital A in awful.
Game-5 could turn out to be another Thibs experimental-mystery for Knicks fans .. But not for the Hawks coach Nate Game-Plan.
Let's Go Knicks !!!



ATL shooting 7-14 and NYK like 3-11... A few Randle forces, RJ missed a 3 and Rose misses a layup.

But RB 3-3 from downtown


RB is 3-3 from downtown... rest of team is 0-6....

3:30 left in first Q and NYK have 13 points.... not a good sign
Knicks doing a good job hanging around but that?s a recipe for losing not winning. We can?t wait around hoping the other team never gets it going, we have to get it going. We have to go on a run and take a lead.


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Stuck at work y?all of course the Knicks games are Wednesday night when I?m working:( I watching when I can let?s get a game guys make these guys sweat!
Randle was fighting for a rebound against multiple guys and he knocked out a Hawk with an elbow (mostly a flop). Likely going to get called with a flagrant here.


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Now here we go with that bull jive and why is Reggie Miller doing our game on TNT dude just flopped and I?m sick of TRey calling his own game


I was just getting ready to write .. Randle cant grab any defensive rebounds after playing 10 straight minutes .. now a flagrant foul WTF
Great play drawn up by McMillan but Trae took a second too long to execute it. Hawks get a dunk waved off at the 1st quarter buzzer.

Game is tied after 1 quarter.

Randle with 10 points but 2 fouls and 4 turnovers. C?mon man, settle down.


Kid from Albany is killing us.... doesn?t help we can?t score... 16 minutes into the game we have 27 points, and thankfully 6 off rebounds gave us 10 of those points.