Atlanta Hawks All-Star Trae Young's struggles continued on Saturday. The 22-year-old playmaker had another off night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Saturday, and he even cost his team the win in the end game.
With the Hawks down by two with about 25 seconds left in regulation, Young had the ball in his hands and was expected to orchestrate one final possession for the road team. But instead of pulling back and waiting for his teammates to reach half court, Young uncorked a ridiculously long 3-pointer with plenty of time remaining on the game clock.
Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony managed to recover and contested Young's attempt, which fell short. Take a look at the 6-foot-1 guard's questionable shot selection:
Melo misses this shot. Hawks get a stop with the ball up two. Ball advanced to Trae Young who takes a *deep* pull up 3. Big swing but…man… pic.twitter.com/Uu9v1ufxc7
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) January 17, 2021
The Blazers recovered the basketball and eventually iced the game at the foul line to make it a final score of 112-106. Sure, we've seen Trae Young get hot and actually hit shots from that distance. However, it's not like he was in the zone in this game, considering he missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts all game.
Young finished with 26 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds in 39 minutes, but did hurt Atlanta's offense by shooting just 7-of-23 from the field. The dissapointing loss sent the Hawks (5-7) to their sixth defeat in their last seven outings. Trae Young's struggles have been evident throughout Atlanta's cold stretch, especially after they started the season 4-1.
Prior to Saturday's showdown, Young was coming off a season-low four points in their loss to the Utah Jazz. It's still early in the 2020-21 campaign, but the Hawks are hoping their young star will get his act together soon.