“They do a lot of switching,” Young said of Miami’s defense after scoring a season-low 8 points in Game 1. “They do a lot of switching things up, too — not just switching. They do a lot of trapping, so you gotta be ready to just read off of what they do, because they do a lot of different things at different times of the game.”
Young ranks among the league’s most proficient attackers off the dribble, but his drives per game in these playoffs have been drastically reduced from his regular-season numbers. And his shooting on contested looks has also fallen substantially, from 44.6 percent in the regular season to 32.6 percent in the first round. He made just 1-of-12 contested shots in Game 1 — tied for his worst single-game mark over 279 career appearances with at least 10 contested attempts.
Miami has thrown an array of impactful defenders at Young. Take, for example, undrafted third-year guard Gabe Vincent, who has held Young to 31 percent shooting during this series.