Back at the wall, facing a Miami team that plays without Kyle Lowry or Jimmy Butler, the Hawks must win in Florida to return to Atlanta and try to force a Game of 7.
In the first quarter, visitors were in fairly good shape. Despite the disastrous entry title (8/27), as Trae Young targeted from the start (1/6 in shots), Atlanta is in the lead and appears to be a bit more in control, despite The Heat, with Victor Oladipo honorary for fit and effective ( 8 points), in the end it is only -1 (22-21).
The next quarter, for the Hawks, is a roller coaster, as is their season. Because Nate MacMillan’s men, at first, maintain control. In this slow game, with no success on either side in attack, the Hawks are doing well and we tell ourselves they have every interest in indulging in this scheme to annoy the Heat.
As his team fails to make the difference in attack, Erik Spoelstra then attempts to strike a blow in defense. Heat change strategy and switch to all-terrain defense, including a “trap door” on the ball carrier from a layup. It works! Miami 17-2 stick who completely breaks Pushing force The Hawks in this first period, and 40-37 in favor of the Hawks, we go, a few minutes later, to 54-42 for the Heat at the break!
And that big run of the heat stunned them before the break, as the Hawks gathered themselves to recover and achieve a more satisfying second spell. They still lag behind at the end of the third quarter (75-64), especially in the last quarter are the ones who rebelled. Taking advantage of Miami’s slowdown, which resulted in victory too soon, the Hawks, under astonishing momentum from De’Andre Hunter (35 points, 18 in the final quarter), are back to -3 less than 10 seconds left. (97-94)!
But Heat watches the ball in defense and prevents the shot from leveling at the last possession. It’s the end of the series and the Falcons’ season, sent out in 5 mini-games. Like bandleader Trae Young, Atlanta Miami has never worried and is now approaching a season finale that will be loaded with questions about this group.
For its part, The Heat, the favorite, imposed hierarchy, and therefore awaited its opponent in the second round, the winner of the series between Philadelphia and Toronto.
What to remember
Victor Oladipo saved the best at the end. Laying the racks until the end of the regular season and then in the first three games of the series, he started back in place of Jimmy Butler. Aggressive from the start, he had saved the best for last, for this Falcon Killer 5 game, and enjoyed himself efficiently. He accumulated 23 points (8/16), 3 assists and 3 steals.
Trae Young has returned to the ranks. The Hawks failed en masse, but it is the leader who will remember his personal failure the most. Because “Ice Trae” is a superstar, a player with such offensive talent that even Heat’s toughness in defense may seem weak beforehand. The truth was quite different, Hawks choked All Star due to Heat’s tough defense. He never found the solution and finally joined the class bit by bit. A stark proof of his impotence in this series: Before the last quarter of this 5 game, he had 29 assists… and 29 losing balls.
✅ Pam Adebayo. Another coach game for the Miami hub, which collects 20 points (7/11), 11 rebounds and 4 helps guide their formation toward the Eastern Conference semifinals. Without Lowry or Butler, the Heat didn’t vibrate, and the stability provided by the hub on either side of the field was the main reason for this.
✅ DeAndre Hunter. His game 4 was really good, and this game 5 was very good. With 18 points in the final quarter (35 in total), the winger nearly flipped the Heat single-handedly in “money time”. But his sixth foul prevented him from finishing the game, and he was unable to watch the Hawks’ last possession of the ball. He added 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals to end in style, from an individual point of view, his third season in the NBA.
✅ Tyler Hero. From the bench, the full-back brought his usual spark, with 16 points (6/12), 4 assists and two interceptions. Rather than hoarding all of the streak, the former Wildcat expected a good game to gain confidence before approaching the next round.
⛔️ Tra Young. A disappointing final for the captain, who finished as many losses with the ball as assists (6). From an offensive point of view, he’s also not glorious (11 points at 2/12, 0/5 on three throws), as a result of the Heat’s tough defense that made life difficult for him. Huge last year during the 2021 qualifiers, Trae Young received a very big blow during the 2022 edition. Never in his career has Young Hawk been abused, and we imagine he will get his revenge next season.
Match 1 against the winner of the Philadelphia-Toronto series. The time and date will be set