Takeaways from Day 2

You are now at Day 2 in the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Saturday saw a flurry of impressive postseason debutsIncludes Philadelphia 76ersGuard Tyrese Maxey, Minnesota TimberwolvesGuard Anthony Edwards Golden State WarriorsGuard Jordan Poole.

Sunday started with a bonfire along Biscayne Bay. The No. 1-seeded Miami HeatIt is a stifling situation Trae YoungAnd the Atlanta HawksEn route to an easy life 115-91 Game 1 win.

Today's action continues today with the most anticipated matchup in the first round. Kevin Durant, Kyrie IrvingAnd the Brooklyn Netsface Jayson Tatum, Jaylen BrownAnd the Boston Celtics. Then, Milwaukee BucksBegin their title defense against Chicago Bulls. Sunday's final features the NBA-best Phoenix SunsHosting the New Orleans PelicansFresh from their play-in tournament run for Western Conference's No. 8 seed.

Every Game 1 matchup is watched closely by our NBA experts. These are the top takeaways from Day 2's playoff action.

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Takeaways from Day 2

Heat 115, Hawks 91: Miami shuts down Trae, the league's No. 2 offense

Three Heat defenders were switched onto the Hawks' first possession of Game 1 on Sunday. Trae YoungWith Kyle LowryIf so, P.J. TuckerFinally, Max StrusYoung forced the All-Star guard to go into retreat mode, and then subverting his attack. Young attempted to thread the needle on a Hail Mary alleyway-oop to the end of the sequence, while the shot clock was ticking below two seconds. Onyeka OkongwuThe big man could not corral.

Atlanta couldn't replicate the Game 1 magic that it achieved last year in its improbable run into the conference finals. The Hawks' high-flying offense was shut down by the Heat all day.

The Hawks' second-ranked offense was harassed by Miami's defense which ranked fourth in defensive rating, and third in points allowed during regular season. They held Atlanta to 3-for-17 shooting in quarter one. Young's field goal was an and-1 fastbreak layup. This required more English than any college of the Ivy League.

Young was not able to get out of his nightmare in Cleveland, where he had a second half win. Young finished the game with eight points, shooting 1-for-12 from 3-point range. He was pulled by Coach Nate McMillan with 2:34 remaining.

Miami was disciplined offensively. Kyle Lowry, the Heat's facilitator, had nine assists. However, their entire personnel was committed to giving Tucker an extra pass. Gabe VincentLowry and Lowry are available for corner 3s. Duncan RobinsonAfter a difficult year, he scored 27 points on 9-for-10 shooting (9-for-9 from 3 from the bench), nearly tripling the Hawks' boost. John Collins(10 points) His first game action since March 11, after sustaining foot and finger injuries, was his first.

The Heat looked like the serious, rested team that is No. The East is the No. 1 seed for a reason. Atlanta, which is credited for its play-in performance in securing No. 8 was as gassed as Young.

— Dave McMenamin

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