The Miami Heat aren’t having much of a problem with the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
After the Heat soundly put the Hawks away on Sunday, they found another victory on Tuesday night, taking them down 115-105.
Things are looking rough for the Hawks, who were hoping to shock the NBA world and push past the first-seeded Heat.
Hawks star Trae Young was really disappointed by Game 2 of the series and he had some choice words about the referees.
"Obviously, we felt we let one slip away, but if the refs are gonna let them be as physical as they are and not call fouls, I mean, it's gonna be hard to really do anything anyway." — Trae Young
— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) April 20, 2022
Speaking to the press after the game, Young let his feelings out.
“Obviously, we felt we let one slip away, but if the refs are gonna let them be as physical as they are and not call fouls, I mean, it’s gonna be hard to really do anything anyway,” Young said.
At the end of Game 2, the Hawks had received 26 foul calls while the Heat received 24.
So, does Young have a point here?
Young may think that the refs are costing him and his team games but there is another reason they keep losing: the Heat are just a great basketball team.
Jimmy Butler was unstoppable on Tuesday night, putting up 45 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
That made him the fifth player since 1978 to have 45+ points and no turnovers in an NBA playoff game.
It also made the Heat the runaway favorite to win the game.
It’s really hard to beat a team when they have someone like Butler stepping up as he is.
The fouls don’t help Atlanta but their biggest problem is Butler and his talented roster.
If they can’t get on top of those issues, this series is as good as done.