Will Julius Randle & Trae Young Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Game 3: Prediction, Injuries, & Lineups

Published 05/27/2021, 5:15 PM CDT
May 16, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates with guard Derrick Rose (4) after their game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The New York Knicks travel to Atlanta to face off against Trae Young and the Hawks for the third game of their playoff series. This game is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST and promises to be a cracker.

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After a rather disappointing performance in game 1, the Knicks knew they had to win the second game to tie the series. The Knicks came out all guns blazing and just did that.

Veteran guard Derrick Rose saw a massive increase in his minutes and stepped up big time for the Knicks with a 24 point performance. With everybody chipping in the offensive end, the Knicks tried to limit Trae Young, and despite the young superstar scoring 30 points, limited the Hawks for a 101-92 win.

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The Knicks need to bring their ‘A-Game’ in a tough Atlanta crowd. Will talisman Julius Randle finally show up?

May 23, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) drives to the basket through Atlanta Hawks defenders during the second half in game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Seth Wenig/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks couldn’t assert their offensive dominance in the game. Despite Trae Young dropping a 30 point performance, the Hawks supporting cast fell apart in game 2. Incredible shooters like Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari uncharacteristically were very poor from the three point line as he they shot a combined 4 of 22 from the perimeter.

With the entire team shooting only 12 of 44 attempted three pointers, the Hawks struggled. Even the pick and roll system between Young and Clint Capela didn’t capitalize. Coach Nate McMillan has to figure out a system in which his team can thrive despite Knicks’ cagey defense.

Predictions

While the series is poised at 1-1, the advantage is certainly with the Hawks. They have the home court advantage for the next two games and will be eager to capitalize on the same. Given that the Hawks have a much better offensive, they are the favorites in game 3, but if Julius Randle can finally step up, the Knicks could steal this game.

New York Knicks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Knicks will only miss a single player due to injuries. Center Mitchell Robinson is out with a foot injury and might not make his return this season. With an otherwise rather fit squad available, the Knicks will be determined to win take the lead in the series.

May 23, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) drives to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Seth Wenig/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Tibbs took a bold decision when he replaced Elfrid Payton for veteran guard Derrick Rose to start the second half. Given how explosive D-Rose was in the game, it won’t be surprising to seeing the veteran guard start the game.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Derrick Rose (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Nerlens Noel (C)

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Hawks will be missing a couple of players against the Knicks. Cam Reddish is sidelined and is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury while guard Brandon Goodwin is also out indefinitely due to illness.

May 23, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) passes during the first half in game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Seth Wenig/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

With home court advantage, the Hawks will be determined to take the lead of the series by winning the third game of their series.

Probable Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (G)

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DeAndre Hunter (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

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Who will win between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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