Is it too early to compare him to Reggie Miller?
Knicks fans came ready to make some noise for Sunday’s Game 1 against the Hawks, and they did, until Trae Young sent them home in stunned silence.
The combination of the end of the Knicks’ long drought in the playoffs and the easing of restrictions related to the New York pandemic created a unique electric atmosphere within Madison Square Garden. The crowd of 15,047 – the largest of the weekend’s eight playoff starts – was heard throughout the night, even long before the game began. The chants “F — Trae Young” started out of the sand while the fans entered and continued in the first moments of the game.
However, it was Young who had the last laugh. His float with .9 seconds left gave the Hawks a two-point lead and made the Garden sound like it did in the Alexey Shved days. The cherry on top was the gesture of silence Young made to the crowd as he told them, “Here is all quiet.”
Young was all smiles as he walked back to the locker room after the final bell.
“It got really calm at the end,” Young told TNT. Inside the NBA crew after the game. “For me, I wanted to hear those songs of ‘for you’ again.”
Young’s mockery obviously brings back memories of Reggie Miller’s famous choking gesture during the first game of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals. And while the Hawks don’t have the same history with the Knicks as Miller’s Pacers and the Young’s winning game was not as dramatic as Miller’s eight points in 8.9 seconds, his taunt was equally cool.
Young’s poise and confidence at the time was incredible. He is only 22 years old and was playing in the first playoff game of his career. (Compare that to Miller, who, at 29, had just completed his eighth NBA season and was playing in his 32nd playoff game.) It’s amazing that Young had the presence of mind and the guts to turn his attention to the crowd without missing a beat. after the ball goes through the net. That silence will be on his most prominent reel for the rest of his career.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.