This past offseason, Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young trained with four-time champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Following a 127-119 Hawks’ victory over the Warriors, Young sent a message about the four-time champ to whom he has often been compared.
“Scared to go to sleep now, cause being awake is what all my Dreams were like,” Young tweeted along with his signature, “WeMove!”
Young’s two-way efforts helped seal the deal for the Hawks not only notching that strip of Curry but nutmegging Klay Thompson on the other end avoiding a potential trap in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
“He’s been like my big bro since I got in the league, and even before that,” Young told Bally Sports Hawks reporter Lauren Jbara. “He’s always given me advice. I just appreciate him. He’s one of the guys that set the blueprint for guys like me to come in the league and take over. So, it’s a blessing to be able to have a guy like him give me advice. So I love it.”
The two offensive dynamos caught up with one another after the game as well.
Young finished the contest with 25 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds. He didn’t shoot particularly well – just 8-for-18 from the floor – but did know down 3-of-6 triples and scored all four of his fourth-quarter points in the closing moments to ice the game.
Curry had 31 points, six boards, and five assists connecting on just four of his 13 looks from beyond the arc.
The Hawks star also won the individual turnover battle with four giveaways to Curry’s six.
Trae Young’s Defense a big boost for Atlanta Hawks
Young is averaging 1.9 steals per game for the Hawks in March but none have gotten as much publicity as his strip of Curry which led to a finger wag.
“It’s the name of the game,” Young said via Jameelah Johnson’s atlhawksfans channel on YouTube. “They were trying to search me out, and I seen Steph – what he was trying to do. That’s what I’d do, I’d try to get the switch and spin. Try to get the mismatch. And I just timed it perfectly.”
Asked about the finger wag specifically, Young had a little fun.
“I was just telling him not to do that again,” Young said smiling. “But it was the end of the game so it’s good.”
Young’s defense has been a big issue over his career but he has made a concerted effort on that end this season. Now that his offense has come back to the expected levels, his gains on the other end are finally getting the proper recognition.
His head coach, Quin Snyder is certainly a fan.
“I thought, particularly, they were trying to pick a mismatch and try to get him on the ball a couple times and he dug in,” Snyder said via Johnson’s channel. “Even before that, he was showing on the pick-and-roll, he was physical with his man who was screening, and then that aggression I think it turned into you’re able to make a play because you’re locked in. So that was great.”
The Hawks will look to keep the good vibes rolling against the San Antonio Spurs who have each of their last two games in overtime