Lou Williams stepped into the giant shoes of Trae Young and guided the Atlanta Hawks to the 110–88 route of the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the Eastern Conference Finals two-two in the evening.
ATLANTA – Lou Williams was at the training table when his coach left to deliver some shocking news.
Atlanta Hawks star Trey Young will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to injury.
Williams will be getting the first playoff start of his long career.
“Okay,” she replied.
No big deal.
“It’s not like the ‘Remember the Titans’ thing happens in the locker room, I can promise you,” Williams said with a smile. “That was the extent of our conversation, and then we had to get ready for the game.”
Boy, was he ready?
Williams stepped into Young’s giant shoes and guided the Hawks to route 110-88 of the Milwaukee Bucks, two wins on Tuesday night in the Eastern Conference Finals in the evening.
Williams led 7-of-9 shooting with 21 points, provided eight assists and traded just one in 35 minutes of play time – his most extensive outing since the Hawks took over the 34-year-old guard. trade deadline.
Long one of the best NBA players off the bench (he’s the sixth three-time Man of the Year), Williams debuted in the 87th post-season game of his career.
He said, ‘I could not enjoy the moment. “I’m stuck in this. I just want to ride this thing until the wheels fall off.
Williams had never imagined being in this position when the Los Angeles Clippers introduced him to Rajon Rondo in Atlanta.
Williams was stunned by the business and briefly considered retirement, even though he grew up in suburban Atlanta and played for the Hawks from 2012–14. He was comfortable with the Clippers and considered himself a big part of their championship drive.
Now, he’s two wins away from the NBA Finals with the Hawks.
“It wasn’t a team I was paying attention to,” Williams admitted. “With the Clippers, we were looking for a championship run. My whole focus was on that. But once I was able to go around these guys, get around the organization, here’s what’s going on. Having had a good experience in the U.S., I felt there could be some great potential here.”
Young, who has been a breakout star of the Hawks’ post-season Impossible Race, was injured in a freak accident in Game 3. While turning to run the court, he stepped on a referee’s foot along the edge and twisted his right ankle.
After suffering a bone injury, Young had hoped to return for Game 4. The Hawks held off for about an hour before game time before taking out their best player.
Williams made sure they didn’t miss him a bit.
“Loo’s always the same. He’s always the even-tempered, steady Lou,” said teammate Kevin Huerter. That’s all about him. …he comes in here and makes 21 drops like he’s been playing 40 minutes in the entire playoff.”
Indeed, Williams brought a sense of calm to a young team that could easily panic when everyone found out Young could not play.
“He gives us another level of confidence in the locker room,” said Bogdan Bogdanovic, who came out of his series-long slump with 20 points. “It’s so easy to play the game with him. It’s so easy to communicate with him. . He has been in the league for so long. He has seen everything. He knows how to make the game easier for everyone.”
The Hawks aren’t sure if Young will be able to play Thursday night, when the series returns to Milwaukee for Game 5. Coach Nate McMillan said it would likely be a game-time decision.
If Williams gets the call for his second playoff start, he will be ready.
Hey, he’s gone further than he ever expected.
“Did I look ahead and say we were going to be championship contenders from day one?” Williams asked rhetorically. “Probably not. But we are like everyone else two wins (from the final). You have to feel good about it.”
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