Atlanta needed it, and it got it. After six consecutive defeats, Nate McMillan’s boys broke such a bloody streak with a fantastic game against Milwaukee. The reigning champions, with Giannis Antetokounmpo back, couldn’t keep up with the Hawks in general, and Trae Young in particular, who literally ripped them apart with 42 points (including eight 3-pointers).
We all know where we want to be. We know we have to turn around the situation and get some victories, “says Young, who flees from euphoria when he understands that what he has achieved against the Bucks is just one step of many they must take in the coming weeks.
The reality is that with the point guard at this level, everything will be easier for Atlanta. There were 42 points that represent his best mark of the course for now, but he did not neglect other aspects to achieve 8 rebounds and 10 assists. It was an exhibition that should serve as a turning point for the Georgians.
Young was huge, but not alone. John Collins contributed 19 points while Clint Capela added a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. They helped Atlanta soon reach a 10-point income to stay ahead in the electronic game throughout the game. They are still 13th out of the East at 5-9, but such a win boosts morale. They needed it. Expectations with them are high.
“This is something these guys are going through for the first time. The guys are learning how things are when the expectations are a little higher, “says McMillan of the hierarchy of the Hawks in the NBA.
Regress of Giannis
It was the good news for the Bucks. After a short absence, Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to action with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. It was insufficient. Although it had the collaboration of the 19 points of Jrue Holiday and the 18 of Grayson Allen, The Greek Freak could not avoid what is the seventh defeat of his team in the last 10 games. MIke Budenholzer is clear that they must improve. “Tonight we stayed too long observing what the rival was doing. It is necessary for everyone to defend better on the ball “, says the head coach of the Wisconsin organization.
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