In February, Quin Snyder packed her bags for a trip abroad. He was going to see some coaches he had met over the years and spend time with friends and family.
The Atlanta Hawks then called to offer him a job as a coach.
In addition, Snyder’s luggage is once more packed for the playoffs, which will begin with a trip to Boston.
The Hawks earned the No. 1 ranking thanks to Trae Young’s 25 points and Clint Capela’s 21 rebounds. by defeating the Miami Heat 116-105 in a play-in tournament game on Tuesday night, giving them the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Snyder stated, “Our guys are attempting to be the best version of ourselves at the end of the year.” The year continues. Therefore, we hope to be able to take this and build on it further. Although it was only one game, it was ours.”
The Hawks, who avenged their five-game Round 1 loss to Miami last season and now face the Boston Celtics in the East first round, will play on Saturday. Dejounte Murray scored 18 points for the Hawks.
The Heat, who will host either the Toronto Raptors or the Chicago Bulls on Friday to determine the No. 1 overall pick, were led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 33 points, his highest total in Miami’s two seasons. 8 seed and a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the top overall seed, in Round 1 On Wednesday, the Raptors and Bulls will play; The series begins on Sunday with the winner of Friday’s game against the Bucks.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Tyler Herro scored 26 for Miami.
Butler stated, “Come Friday, we have to play the legit exact opposite of how we played tonight.”
Saddiq Bey, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Onyeka Okongwu, and Jalen Johnson, four Hawks reserves, scored 53 points together.
The Hawks increased their overall record of play-in tournament games to 3-0; When the New Orleans Pelicans host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, they will have a chance to match that mark, which is the highest in the league.
Additionally, the Hawks dominated the boards to win. Miami was outrebounded 63-39 by Atlanta, including 22-6 on the offensive glass, a key factor in Atlanta’s 26-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Young stated, “We all understand the moment and the time of year it is.” “Credit our guys for being locked in, ready and focused on the game plan.”
As the majority of what was a 24-point lead at 63-39 with 2:37 left in the first half was quickly whittled away, the Hawks called two timeouts in the first 3:53 of the third quarter.
After cutting the lead to 15 at halftime, Miami went on a 16-6 run to start the third quarter. Consider the whole and it was a 27-8 spat around 7 minutes of play to get the Intensity inside 71-66.
However, the Hawks had an answer at that point, as they had every time the Heat won. When Miami got within six midway through the fourth quarter, the Hawks scored five straight to restore a double-digit advantage, and Atlanta had a 13-point lead going into the fourth.
And now, a team that ranked No. 1 in the East Last spring, a one-seed was one game away from elimination.
“Nothing about this season has been easy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re going to do this the hard way.”