The Atlanta Hawks’ run came to an end on Saturday night after falling in a 118-107 Game 6 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but 22-year-old Trae Young believes there is more to come with this team.
“We’ll be back,” he said to fans near Atlanta’s bench at State Farm Arena.
Young, who missed Games 4 and 5 with a bone bruise in his right foot, had just 14 points on 4-for-17 shooting — his weakest performance throughout the entire postseason.
“For me, not being able to be out there for my team for two games, and then tonight just wanting to battle and try to fight through it as much as I could and try to be out there for my team, it’s definitely frustrating not being healthy and not being able to give my full 100 percent,” he said, per ESPN.
Young was not the only one who struggled, either. The Hawks shot 41.3% from the field and — with the exception of Cam Reddish who was 6-for-7 beyond the arc — the rest of the team was 6-for-26 from 3-point range.
Yet, the Hawks were not expected to make and the future seems bright with their 22-year-old star leading the way.
“I feel like we’ll be back, and I meant it with my whole heart,” Young said.
“This s—t is hard,” he later added about winning in the playoffs. “It’s not easy. This whole thing is about experience. You have to go through it to — I mean, you really have to go through this. You see in the West, you see [Chris Paul] has never been to the Finals in his 16 years.
This is hard. It’s not easy…[the Bucks] didn’t want to go home again. I think for us we’ve got that same feeling now, and it’s the same thing.”