Trevor Ariza Gave Trae Young A Friendly Warning Not To Nutmeg Him Again

When you’re an up-and-coming star in the NBA and trying to make your mark, you want to put on a show every chance you get. That means pulling up from way beyond the three-point line, putting someone on a poster, or taking a hapless defender off the dribble with a dazzling ball-handling display.

Trae Young does at least two of the above on a regular basis. That’s what makes the Hawks’ All-Star point guard so entertaining to watch. But because Atlanta has been wallowing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings all season, that means they have to seize their opportunities to get on the highlight wherever they can find them.

On Saturday night against the visiting Blazers, however, a potential highlight quickly went south when Young picked the wrong person to try some funny business on. With the Hawks up big, Young tried what has become a signature move for him, nutmegging Trevor Ariza on the break, but the veteran forward quickly put a stop to that with a hockey-esque check into the first row and a subsequent Flagrant 1.

Still, after the game, there appeared to be no hard feelings as they hugged it out at midcourt.

When asked what he said to Young, Ariza simply said that he issued a friendly reminder that he’s not one to be trifled with.

Despite that, Young posted a somewhat defiant Instagram pic from the incident.

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A post shared by Trae Young (@traeyoung) on Feb 29, 2020 at 8:54pm PST

For the Blazers, it was a third straight loss for a team that’s desperately trying to keep within striking distance of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. For the Hawks, they continue a strong close to the season, which would mark a second straight year where Young and company give fans something to be optimistic about entering the summer.