Trae Young sends Atlanta to the playoffs, Pelicans eliminate Clippers

Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks end the dream of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Falcons @ Cavaliers: 107-101

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We are sorry to come. After doing much better in the second half of the season after a failed debut, the Atlanta Hawks seemed in a good position to take out the Cleveland Cavaliers (who suffered the opposite fate: brilliant and surprising for months before collapsing). Why ? Because superstars still make a difference in the NBA. And in Atlanta, there’s Trae Young.

The Hawks guard planted 32 of his 38 points after returning from the locker room to complete JB Bickerstaff’s young team. His mission coldly accomplished, he addressed the Cavs fans to say goodbye. Terrible.

The Cavaliers, however, led by 10 points at halftime. That was before Young’s show started. He scored 16 points in the third quarter and then 16 again in the fourth. a recital The inexperience of his opponents then weighed in the balance. Cleveland’s young players, Darius Garland (21 points and 9 assists but 9 of 27) and Evan Mobley (18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), seemed somewhat lost in the final. They will come back stronger, no doubt.

Meanwhile, it is Trae Young and the Hawks who have earned the right to challenge the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

Heroic, the New Orleans Pelicans snatch the playoffs

Pelicans @ Clippers: 105-101

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What a comeback! Kind of like the New Orleans Pelicans season. In bad shape, they finally reached late to snatch the playoffs from him. In fact, Brandon Ingram (30 points) and his team rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers (105-101).

The irony is that NOLA had started well. Aggressive from the start, the Pelicans had a lead of up to 16 lengths before falling apart completely by third-quarter time (18-38 for LA in 12 minutes). The match then turned in favor of the Clippers, led by Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris (27 points each).

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But Willie Green’s players didn’t panic. They went back on the road to get this rating. The first since 2017 for the Louisiana franchise, but deprived of Zion Williamson for the entire season. A very good reward for this group.

It’s obviously a disappointment for the Clippers. Californians learned on game day that Paul George was unable to play after contracting COVID-19. What a bad luck. As usual.

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