‘Don’t Care About Game Six’: Shaquille O’Neal Makes Huge Prediction for Atlanta Hawks for Knicks Playoff Series

Published 05/31/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
May 26, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) moves the ball against New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half of game two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA TV show “Inside the NBA” is unique in its own way. Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley entertain us with their excellent analysis and subtle comedy. The show focuses on the game and also the latest injury reports and predictions. This time they focused on how the Atlanta Hawks were on their way to winning the NBA title.

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The Hawks lead the series by 3-1 as they hope to swoop the New York Knicks off their pech. Trae Young has been an incredible performer on the court while showing out the Mamba Mentality.

In the latest episode of Inside the NBA, Shaq was desperate to hit Chuck’s guarantee button to show he believed the Hawks will win the series.

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Atlanta Hawks are a rising team in the east

The former NBA champion, Shaq, discussed how the Atlanta Hawks will close it out in the next game against the New York Knicks. He said, “I don’t care about game six, the Hawks gonna win the series.”

O’Neal put a comic relief in his prediction as the Hawks will look to close it out in the next game. Even though they are expected to face off with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta has surprised the Knicks with their performances in the series.

A match-up between Trae Young and Joel Embiid will be one for the box office. While Embiid is unbeatable inside the paint, Young is a legend in the making. The Atlanta Hawks will hope that he continues his form moving forward.

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Trae Young is enigmatic

Young is one of the most lethal scorers in the NBA right now. Besides averaging 27.5 points, he has dished out 10.0 assists per game in his debut playoff season. The range he has in shooting the ball is similar to Stephen Curry. Notably, he is shooting near the 50/40/90 club by averaging 50/43.8/94.1 from the floor.

Despite receiving taunts and jeers from the crowd in MSG, Young, who has kept his mentality up, will look to finish the series in the next game.

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May 28, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots the ball past New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) and forward Julius Randle (30) in the second quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Young’s performances have been great. His flashy layups and deep three-pointers are a treat to watch. However, the Philadelphia 76ers are a tough team with Joel Embiid putting up some incredible numbers on the court. Also, in Clint Capela, they have one of the most brilliant rebounders in the game right now.

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The Hawks have been terrific this season with their terrific offense and work on the boards. Young, Capela, and Collins have been amazing on the court. Time will tell whether the Hawks can defeat the Knicks, and move into the next round of the playoffs.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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