Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young bids the New York Knicks goodbye and takes a bow after hitting the dagger in front of the MSG crowd
The series between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks was an entertaining first-round series. There was obviously a high level of basketball played, for the most part at least. What made this interesting series that much more exciting, was the beef between Trae Young, and well, just about everyone.
Fans remember when the 22-year-old hit the game-winner in the series opener, before going to the crowd and shushing them. From that moment on, we had several chants and many entertaining back-and-forths between the two parties. Heading back to New York, Young was ready for the wrath of the fans for Game 5. He showed up and led the Hawks with 36 points and 9 assists.
Trae Young takes a bow in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd
We all know Trae Young’s ‘Ice-Trae’ celebration by now. Strangely though, it seems the player wasn’t quite feeling like using it today. Instead, every time he hit a big shot, he was a bit quiet and kept his focus on the game. However, when it came down to burying a dagger in this game, the star knew just what to do.
Within the final minute of the game, Young had the ball in his hands. With the shot clock in its final seconds, the 22-year-old stepped back to just ahead of the logo, before draining a shot from there. When he hit this, fans, and it seems even the cameramen were far too hyped to catch what he did next immediately. Right after draining the shot, the player simply turned around and bowed. And suffice to say, the Knicks crowd didn’t like it.
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 3, 2021
The game eventually ended 103-89 in the Hawks’ favor. After the final buzzer, it was implied that the fans were simply cheering for only their own team. However, we do also think some of it may have been an appreciation of Trae Young’s showmanship as well.
The Hawks are now slated to play the 76ers in the Conference semi-finals. And given that Joel Embiid is likely to miss a major chunk of this series, it’ll be interesting to see which way this battle will tip.