Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks stormed back from a 26-point deficit and snatched Game 5 from Philly right on their own court. Atlanta’s star point guard had a playoff career-high 39 points to help spark the historic comeback. They outscored the Sixers 40-19 in the fourth quarter, and only two Philly players (Embiid and Curry) recorded a made field goal in the second half, showing yet again that they lack a true closer. Atlanta now has the chance to claim a spot in the conference finals at home in Game 6 for the first time since 2015.
TRAE YOUNG WILL LIKELY GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST ATLANTA HAWKS PLAYER OF ALL-TIME
Atlanta’s young star guard helped lead his team to a historic second half comeback, dropping a playoff career-high 39 points in the process while the Hawks picked up the biggest second half comeback (22 PTS) win after the first round in NBA postseason history. When it comes to the greatest player ever to wear a Hawks uniform, Dominique Wilkins takes the cake, but Young has shown that he could be on his way to taking over the crown.
Ice Trae is one game away from a Conference Finals berth, which is something Wilkins never brought to Atlanta as the Hawks are still looking for their first NBA Finals appearance since moving to ATL in 1968. Additionally, Young got his first All-Star nod in his second season, whereas it took ‘Nique four to reach his first ASG. The former Oklahoma Sooner is off to a hot start in his career, and is on the path to become the greatest Hawks player ever.