Hawks felt ‘punked’ by Knicks in NBA playoffs

The Hawks made a concerted effort to push once more on the Knicks after they felt they’ve been “punked” of their Recreation 2 loss on the Backyard.

Atlanta wing Kevin Huerter used that phrase to elucidate his workers’s feisty mindset ahead of its 105-94 victory Friday evening time at State Farm Enviornment in Recreation 3 to grab a 2-1 lead within the first-round playoff sequence.

“Coming into the collection, we couldn’t allow them to try this. We really feel just like the second half of Recreation 2, they obtained to their recreation they usually type of punked us somewhat bit they usually obtained bodily, and we didn’t reply in a good way,” Huerter acknowledged Saturday after the Hawks’ observe by the use of Zoom. “Being once more on our home courtroom, we wanted to clear some stuff up.

“I’m unsure ‘punked’ is true, however the second half they had been somewhat bit extra aggressive than us. They obtained into us, they got here out actually bodily. The primary couple minutes within the second half, they got here again with a few laborious fouls, their screens. They’re guys which can be used to being bodily they usually obtained into us bodily. That was one thing that we noticed on movie and we didn’t need to let that kind of factor occur once more, coming into Recreation 3.”

Huerter, an Albany-area native, acknowledged the Hawks acknowledged a pair of performs from the second half of Recreation 2 on film for instance their stage: an uncalled elbow by Julius Randle to the face of Bogdan Bogdanovic and a foul generally known as in the direction of Reggie Bullock for decking De’Andre Hunter.

Kevin Huerter
Kevin Huerter

“That’s playoff basketball, [but] we are able to’t allow them to be the one staff that’s being bodily like that,” Huerter acknowledged.

Quickly after he entered Recreation 3, Huerter was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul with 2:52 left within the main quarter in the direction of Nerlens Noel.

“I by no means attempt to get a flagrant. I used to be attempting to make a play on the ball, simply attempting to make it powerful, not letting them getting a straightforward layup,” Huerter acknowledged. “The refs known as it what it was and [Noel] made each free throws, however we’re attempting to make them earn each basket.”

The 6-foot-7 wing added that the Hawks obtained right here into the sequence anticipating the defense-minded Knicks to try to arrange a bodily id. The Recreation 2 comeback solely reasserted that scouting report.

“They play actually laborious, they usually’re a staff that may get after you simply with their physicality and their effort and we couldn’t allow them to, one, push us round, and two, simply be extra intense than us at that finish of the courtroom,” Huerter acknowledged. “We needed to match their depth. That was one thing we got here into the collection speaking about. That was the id of their staff.”

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