The Miami Heat-Atlanta Hawks series has been very one-sided thus far. The Miami Heat currently have a 2-0 lead, and there's no doubt that their defense has done a good job on superstar Trae Young thus far.
After Game 2, Trae Young complained about the officiating in the series, claiming that it would be hard to win if the referees let the Miami Heat be extremely physical and refuse to call fouls.
“If the refs are gonna let them be that physical and not call fouls, it’s gonna be hard to do that (win) anyway.”
Bam Adebayo has recently clapped back at Trae Young's criticism of the officials, pointing out that he and top defender P. J. Tucker were both in foul trouble, and stating that he doesn't know how the refs are letting the Heat "get away with" excess physicality if some of their best defenders were sidelined for stretches due to accumulating too many fouls. Shandel Richardson of Sports Illustrated relayed the news.
When asked about Hawks guard Trae Young's criticism of the officiating in Tuesday's Game 2, Adebayo didn't hold back. He mentioned himself and forward P.J. Tucker being in foul trouble during the game.
"I had four fouls. P.J. was in foul trouble," Adebayo said after Thursday's practice. "You got two starters in foul trouble so I don't know how the refs are letting us get away with it if I'm sitting the whole third (quarter) and P.J. didn't play the majority of the fourth."
The playoffs are generally more physical than the regular season, and it makes sense that some more contact would be allowed by the officials. With that being said, there have definitely been some missed calls on Trae Young this series as well.
It remains to be seen if the Atlanta Hawks are able to turn things around. They will likely go all out to try and win these next two games at home, and under Trae Young's leadership, that could potentially end up happening.