Oh, Trae Young, you sweet, sweet superstar. What have you done?
Let’s set the stage. The Atlanta Hawks entered Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat a disappointing 6-17 — disappointing not because the Hawks are supposed to be good, but because improvement is not really apparent on the team beyond Trae Young himself. Atlanta recently came off a 10-game losing streak that included four 20-point losses, two of which were by at least 47 points. Kevin Huerter has been hurt. John Collins is suspended for PEDs. Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter have not been top rookies. The Hawks hadn’t had a win over a good team in a month, when they beat the Nuggets on Nov. 12.
With the Hawks up 115-111 with a minute left, Young threaded a gorgeous pass to an open Alex Len for a dunk, putting Atlanta up six with 59 seconds left. It’s Young’s ninth assist. He celebrates, saying “It’s over” and doing the hand motions a la Vince Carter in the dunk contest.
Absolute basketball chess from Trae Young. pic.twitter.com/O4cAAK5qhR— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 11, 2019
You know, of course, by the fact that I’m writing about it that it was not in fact over.
In the next 30 seconds, Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler drained back to back threes to tie the game. The Heat trapped Young when he got the ball in the final minute, and his teammates couldn’t hit shots. Overtime. The Heat scored the first 16 points of the extra frame. Ballgame.
How did Trae react after the game? With a “Welp” and some FML emojis, of course.
....Welp ♂️— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 11, 2019
Jimmy Butler rubbed it in on Instagram, as well.
Never change, NBA. Never change.
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