The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers will take the floor Sunday evening for Game 7, something many did not see coming even after the Hawks dismantled the New York Knicks in five games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Two improbable come-from-behind victories over the 76ers in Game 4 and Game 5 left Atlanta with a chance to finish off the No. 1 seed in the friendly confines of State Farm Arena in Game 6. After coming up short Friday night, the Hawks will now be tasked with one of the most difficult jobs in all of sports: winning a Game 7 on the road.
Trae Young has been nothing short of spectacular throughout the postseason, seemingly pulling off some historical combination of statistics on a nightly basis. The 76ers have presented challenges for him, and done well on him at times, but he’s more or less been able to get his this series.
Atlanta will need to find offense from other sources, on top of Young’s exploits, if they want to come out victorious in Game 7. In Game 6, they struggled to generate much outside of Young’s 34 points and 12 assists, as they scored just 99 points as a group.
Philadelphia shot just 40% from the floor as Joel Embiid had a quiet night by his standards, but Seth Curry and Tobias Harris combined for 48 points and helped push the Sixers over the top in what was a must-win game for the visitors.
The intensity in Atlanta was palpable in Game 6, and obviously with both team’s seasons on the line in Game 7, expect more of that and then some come Sunday night.
Young (shoulder) is probable, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness), who left Friday’s game in the fourth quarter and did not return, is questionable. De’Andre Hunter, Brandon Goodwin and Cam Reddish all remain out for Atlanta.
Embiid (meniscus) is questionable for Philadelphia, and don’t be alarmed if the Sixers make him a game-time decision yet again, though there’s little suspense on whether he’ll play or not at this point. Danny Green (calf strain) remains out.
For those who may be interested, the 76ers open as a 7.5-point favorite for Game 7. The Hawks will be underdogs for the seventh straight game vs. Philadelphia, with a chance to pull off an improbable upset that would send shockwaves around the league.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 20, 8:00 pm ET
Location: Wells Fargo Arena
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Watch TNT