Opinion: As Trae Young stars, Hawks learn valuable lesson in surviving 76ers’ rally

Atlanta’s Trae Young poked holes in New York’s fourth-ranked defense in the first round.

It wasn’t a fluke.

Against top-seeded Philadelphia and its No. 2 defense, Young schooled the Sixers with his shooting and playmaking.

He had 35 points and 10 assists in the Hawks’ 128-124 victory against the 76ers on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

If you missed Young’s playoff arrival in the first round, it’s not too late to pay attention now.

In his first six career playoff games, Young has scored at least 30 points four times and has three double-doubles.

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The Sixers put different defenders (Danny Green, Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle) on Young, and he was still scored. Philadelphia gave Young different defensive looks and tried to get the ball out of his hands with traps and double teams, and expect Philadelphia to be more aggressive with its approach in Game 2.

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