A late run by the Philadelphia 76ers was silenced by Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic in Game 1.
The Hawks took Game 1 thanks to a roaring start to the first quarter by Trae Young and Co. By halftime, Atlanta held a sound 20-point advantage.
While Philadelphia made a run towards the end of the game, surely increasing their confidence heading into Game 2, taking one road contest was extremely important for the underdog Hawks in Philly.
The longer Atlanta can extend what some pundits expected to be a short series, the more it favors them. Young had a double-double, with 35 points and 10 assists on the road. Bogdanovic chipped in with 21 points of his own, while John Collin and Kevin Huerter had 21 and 15 points respectively.
Bogdanovic silenced the Philly home crowd on a 3-pointer that (at the time) looked like it would put Game 1 away.
NBA Playoffs: Bogdan Bogdanovic hit the big shot for the Hawks at the end of Game 1
Surrounding Young with sharpshooters was a brilliant move by Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, who deserves far more credit than he gets. Atlanta is by no means a popular free agent destination, so Schlenk was forced to build through trades and the draft. He’s done so brilliantly.
The Hawks took a lot of flack by drafting Young over Luka Doncic in the first round. By all means, there might be no winning that argument given the rapid rise of Doncic in today’s NBA, but let’s not take shots at Young in the process.
Atlanta has done just fine. Bogdanovich has every right to talk that talk.