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Trae Young says regular season “a lot more boring than the playoffs”

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 03, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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Coming off a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, Atlanta is out to an uninspiring 4-5 start to the season. Their offense has remained top-10 — despite Trae Young struggling to find his shot (25.5% on 3-pointers) — but the defense is bottom five and leading to losses like the 116-98 thrashing at the hands of the Utah Jazz Thursday.

Young said part of the problem is the Hawks seem a little bored by the regular season, as reported by The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner.

Insert your favorite “reduce the regular season” argument here.

The Hawks jumped out of the gate to a 3-1 start against a softer schedule but have dropped 4-of-5 with losses to quality teams such as Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and now Utah. Throw in some slumping players such as Young, Kevin Huerter, and Danilo Gallinari and it’s tough to win games.

Trae Young has a point, the adjustment from an upstart that can surprise teams to a team circled on an opponent’s schedule is a big change, and it requires more out of a squad nightly. The Hawks have not brought that on the end of the floor where effort really shows — defense. You know that frustrates coach Nate McMillan.

Things do not get easier for the Hawks, who are heading out on a four-game road trip through the West with the Warriors, Suns, and Nuggets on the docket.