The Atlanta Hawks are not very good, let’s just get that out of the way nice and early. But they do have one player that is extraordinary, and that is point guard Trae Young, who proved as much on Wednesday night when he went head-to-head with James Harden and actually outdid- narrowly- the Houston Rockets star in a 122-115 loss.
Young, who collected his seventh 40-point game, before the age of 22, and thus becoming the youngest to reach that, ended the evening with 42 points, 13 rebounds, and ten assists for a credible triple-double. His opposite number, James Harden, also had a triple-double of his own, putting up 41 points, grabbing ten boards, and also dishing out ten assists. Harden got 22 of those points in the first quarter alone, mind you. People will debate over whether or not Atlanta got the ‘right’ side of the deal with the Dallas Mavericks, who of course landed Luka Doncic from them, but it’s clear to see that Atlanta certainly have a leader that can win them games. Provided that they get some help for him before he leaves, that is. The Hawks fell to 8-30 as a result of the loss, while the Rockets are now 25-11.