If there was one play to summarize the futility of the Atlanta Hawks’ offense in Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks’ swarming defense on Friday, it was probably the first possession of the second half.
Trailing by 32 points at the half, the Hawks opened the third quarter unable to get a shot off, with the ball ending in Trae Young’s hands as the shot clock buzzer sounded.
In Game 1, Young was majestic, scoring 48 points in an opening win. But with the Bucks revved up with a renewed focus on ball pressure Friday night, Young struggled in Game 2, turning it over nine times, including eight in the first half, as the Bucks cruised to a 125-91 win, evening the series at 1-1.
“That’s all on me,” Young said. “I’ve got to be better at taking care of the ball. And do a better job of at least getting us a shot and not turning it over so much. And I’ve got to do better and I will be better next game.”