Trae Young

when Trae Young slammed 56 points in Portland… for butter

Off-peak times oblige, TrashTalk has taken the habit each summer of making you relive with emotion the greatest moments of the past season. Even in 2021, moreover, despite a summer that had then put all of our vital forces in PLS, but that’s another story. So we go back to our good old formula, we take a few steps back, a few months, and we remember that this 2021-22 season was crazy, from the first day to the last. Today ? We come back on a good blow in the wind.

Not the happiest of flashbacks, not the most depressing either. On January 4, the day after his trip to Portland, Trae Young must have wanted to burn cars and then buy them back. How can you put your career best points in a loss? Worse still, how can you get your career-best points in a loss to a major five of Anfernee Simons, Norman Powell, Nassir Little, Larry Nance Jr. and Jusuf Nurkic? Lots of respect for these ball players, huh, that’s not the problem. This setback, coupled with the poor dynamics of Nate McMillan’s players – record of 16 wins for 19 defeats before the meeting – had the drop of water effect. Seven months prior, the Hawks faced Giannis Antetokounmpo in the conference final. The hot/cold is violent. All the more violent as in Portland, the tsunami was not even “All-Starized” : Anfernee Simons slammed 43 points 9/16 from the parking lot. So there is no need to register “NBA analyst” in his Twitter bio to understand which side of the field the Hawks lost the game on. There is also no need to have registered “psychotherapist” in his Twitter bio to find out why Trae Young hasn’t spoken to his teammates in the 37 days since the game. That is surely not true, although this Koh-Lanta of silence would have been absolutely logical as the partners of Ice Trae have foiled. We don’t like to isolate the culprits to slap them in the public square, so we’re going to use pseudonyms so that the dunces of this meeting remain anonymous.

Is pointed out a certain “Galino Dallinari” for his 3/14 shooting. “He is the kind of player who absolutely has to perform offensively, because on the other side of the floor, it’s like asking an elephant to win a game of mikado”added the prosecutor.

Is pointed out a certain “Wou Lilliams” for his 0/3 in shooting, but also for the same imbalance as his teammate Galino Dallinari.

Is pointed out a certain “Skylar Mays”, not folichon on this part. We didn’t change his name because no one knows him.

Enough chatter around this collective debacle, the statistical line of the friend Trae Young asks only to be dissected. Of course, Anfernee Simons’ 43 points are not unknown to him. He even saw them too closely. But can we really throw stones at a 23-year-old little elf, author of 56 points at 7/12 from 3-pointers and 15/15 on throws, 4 rebounds, and 14 assists? That would be both dishonest and terribly dishonest. Doubly dishonest therefore, or even triply if we consider that the “terribly” double the value of ” dishonest “. In short, we cannot say either that Trae Young performed on a rollercoaster: 16 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 12 in the third and 15 in the last. It’s consistent, and it should have been enough to bring Atlanta’s record to 17 wins. But like this entire 2021-22 Hawks season, some players have lacked edge in times when the question of success should not even arise. You’re going to Portland to sweep some Blazers, period. Not to take 43 points from a teenager who receives passes from Trendon Watford. And even less when your franchise player has the paw just as hot from afar: screen at the head of the racquet, Ice Trae takes it without the ball, receives, releases, and pif. Yet it was simple.

That a 56-point Trae Young flashback isn’t well remembered by Hawks fans is pretty crazy. Crazy, and at the same time revealing what this team lacks to pass a course: experience, seriousness, and length in defense. That’s good, Dejounte is now in the business.

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