The Golden State Warriors suffered their second loss in the current streak to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at State Farm Arena, with Hawks point guard Trae Young’s decisive point sealing the game.
The Warriors are on a downhill trajectory at the later stage of the NBA regular season and facing a serious threat of losing their playoff spot. The lack of intensity became a sore factor as they kept losing and their chances were fading.
To pour water on a drowning mouse, Trae symbolizes a gesture in Friday’s game against the Warriors that indicates their current state as a team.
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What did Trae Young do at the State Farm Arena?
The Hawks maintained a calculated lead from the very first quarter and gave the visitors no space to reduce the difference. In the last minute of the fourth quarter, the 24-year-old stole the ball from Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and made an uncontested basket.
Trae with the CLUTCH steal from Steph 🥶 pic.twitter.com/Z02scpfyMl
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 18, 2023
While rushing towards the opponent’s basket, the PG made a ‘Dikembe Mutombo finger gesture’ at the four-time NBA champion. After that, the warriors gave up the game and let the hawks score three more points, which made the final score 127–119 in favor of the host.
TRAE PICKED STEPH'S POCKET IN THE CLUTCH 🥶 pic.twitter.com/yNCZTrrwQL
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) March 18, 2023
Curry was phenomenal against the Hawks as usual, if we side with the costly mistake. He scored 31 points with six rebounds and five assists, while his counterpart, Young, scored 25 points with six rebounds and 12 assists.
The Warriors are the seventh seed in the Western Conference, slipping the steps necessary to secure a spot in the postseason playoffs with a.500 record. On the other hand, the Hawks are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with the same record.
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The two-time all-star is having a decent season for the Hawks, scoring on average 27 points with 3.1 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game in 63 appearances this season.
What’s your reaction to the reaction Trae Young made to Stephen Curry? Can the Warriors go up to the sixth seed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.