The Atlanta Hawks had their star-player, Trae Young, back in the lineup to face off with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Amid a two-game losing streak, Young exploded back on to the scene to lead the Hawks to a win.
Trae Young had missed the last two games after going down in a heap against the Miami Heat last week. At this point, we all know Trae was okay and avoided any serious injury that would cause him to miss a chunk of the season. With Trae out of the lineup, however, the Hawks lost both games. It was good timing for Trae to be getting back into the lineup after the news broke of John Collins’s suspension.
After a tight first half, where the score was 45-44 in favor of the Spurs, San Antonio did a great job limiting Young’s scoring, only having one point in the first half. Even with the low scoring output, Young kept himself very involved in the offense, getting off ten assists in the first half. It was the second half when Trae Young really started to get warmed up.
Having only one point in the first half, Trae Young decided to take the second half over. No one on the Spurs was able to slow down Young once he got started, scoring 28 of his 29 points in the second half on the game. Young would fall just short of reaching 30 points in a game for the third time in five games. It was a marvelous performance that just further solidifies the fact that Trae Young is a star in this league already.
With the win against the Spurs, the Hawks will not have to reckon with a tough stretch of the schedule, including four back-to-backs and a ten-day west coast road trip in November. Having Young back and healthy for the month will be vital for this team, considering what just happened with John Collins. The Hawks will need their role players to step-up, Parker and Vince Carter namely, but Young will have to shoulder the most with Collins being sidelined until December.
With the way, Trae Young looked last night, and the games before he injured his ankle, he looks more than capable of shouldering the load for the Hawks in November. The Spurs are a Western Conference team that is likely to make the playoffs, and Trae Young had his way with their defense. Young continues to look better and better with each game. It’s going to be fun to see how far he can take the Hawks.