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Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Get ready for Tuesday's TNT playoff doubleheader with five key stats to know about each matchup.

Brian Martin, for NBA.com

Trae Young finished with 35 points and 10 assists in Atlanta’s Game 1 win.

Game 2: Hawks at 76ers

7:30 p.m. ET, TNT | Hawks lead 1-0

• Trae Young has two 30-point, 10-assist games in his first six career playoff games — Game 1 vs. New York (32 points, 10 assists) in the first round and Game 1. vs. Philadelphia (35 points, 10 assists) in the conference semifinals. Since he entered the league in 2018-19, Young has 33 career 30-10 games — the only player with more in that span is James Harden (37).

• The Hawks took control of Game 1 with a 17-0 run fueled by their bench over a four-minute stretch spanning the first and second quarters. Atlanta’s bench finished with a 34-23 advantage over Philadelphia’s reserves for the game. Kevin Huerter led all bench players with 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams added nine and eight points, respectively, for Atlanta.

• Joel Embiid was listed as questionable headed into Game 1 after missing the close-out game of the first round due to a small tear in his meniscus. He not only played in Game 1, but finished with a game-high 39 points in 38 minutes. Embiid scored 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line in 8:15 of matchup time with Clint Capela. In 1:53 combined against Onyeka Okongwu and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Embiid scored 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting from both the field and free throw line.

• The Hawks made a franchise playoff record 20 3-pointers in Game 1, with none bigger than Bogdan Bogdanovic’s clutch triple with 41 seconds remaining to push the Hawks’ lead back to six points and quell a furious fourth-quarter rally by the home team. The Hawks doubled-up the Sixers from the 3-point line as Philly shot 10-for-29 from beyond the arc.

• Danny Green drew the assignment of defending Trae Young for a team-high 7:02 (54.8% of Young’s offensive matchup time) in Game 1. In that time, Young had 19 points on 5-9 shooting from the field, 2-4 from three and 7-7 from the free throw line as he drew three shooting fouls. Young added another 11 points on 4-6 shooting in 2:13 against Matisse Thybulle. Kia Defensive Player of the Year finalist Ben Simmons defended Young for 1:28 and held him scoreless with only one field goal attempt.

Kawhi Leonard averaged 36.5 points on 70%-50%-100% shooting splits in LA’s two elimination games against Dallas in the opening round.

Game 1: Clippers at Jazz

10 p.m. ET, TNT | Series Hub

• This is a matchup of two of the top 3-point shooting teams in the league, but not against one another. During the regular season, Utah led all teams in 3-pointers made (16.7 per game) and ranked fourth in 3-point percentage (38.9%), while the Clippers ranked sixth in 3-pointers made (14.3 per game) and led the NBA in 3-point percentage (41.1%). In three games against the Clippers, the Jazz averaged only 13.3 3-pointers made (their second-lowest mark against any opponent) on 34.5% shooting (seventh-lowest). Meanwhile, the Clippers averaged just 10.7 3-pointers made against Utah (also their second-lowest mark against any opponent) on 36.0% shooting (fourth-lowest). Which team will break through with the 3-point shot in this series?

• A key to both team’s 3-point success during the regular season has been utilizing the corner 3. The Clippers and Jazz both average 4.8 3-pointers made from the corners during the regular season; they were the only two teams to average double-digit attempts from the corners. In terms of accuracy, the Clippers led all teams at 47.1%, while the Jazz ranked 13th at 40.3%. Bojan Bogdanovic finished tied for second in the regular season with 86 corner 3s, while Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum led the Clippers with 55 each — tied for the 10th most in the league.

• As John Schuhmann notes in the Jazz-Clippers series preview, Kawhi Leonard posted a 67.5% effective field goal percentage in LA’s first round series with Dallas – the second-highest eFG% for a player that averaged 30-plus points in a playoff series in at least the last 55 years. However, Schuhmann also notes that Kawhi’s 38.2% effective field goal percentage against the Jazz over the past two seasons since he joined the Clippers is his lowest against any opponent.

• Donovan Mitchell is coming off a 30-point performance in Utah’s close-out game against Memphis. It was Mitchell’s 11th 30-point game in 27 career playoff games. Mitchell’s 743 points through his first 27 playoff games is tied with Kevin Durant for the 12th-most in NBA history. The only active players to average more than Mitchell’s 27.5 ppg through 27 career playoff games is LeBron James (27.6) and Anthony Davis (29.7).

• The Clippers have a quick turnaround from an emotional Game 7 win over Dallas on Sunday to Game 1 against Utah on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Jazz have not played in a week as they closed out the Grizzlies in five games on June 2. LA went 3-0 against Dallas on one day of rest in the first round and 27-19 during the regular season. Utah lost its only playoff game with more than five days rest (Game 1 vs. Memphis without Donovan Mitchell) and went 2-0 when well rested during the regular season.

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