ATLANTA — Atlanta point guard Trae Young will miss the Hawks’ home games against Miami on Friday night and Milwaukee on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.
Young was injured Wednesday night in a 137-127 overtime loss at the New York Knicks. X-rays in New York were negative.
Young was ruled out for the next two games following an MRI in Atlanta on Thursday which showed the lateral left ankle sprain.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
Following an MRI today at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, Trae Young was diagnosed with a lateral left ankle sprain. He will be listed as out for our next two games, and his status will be updated as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/LajuNj00QD
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 22, 2021
Expect him to miss more than just the two games.
Re: Trae Young: The average missed time for Grade 2 lateral ankle sprains this season in the NBA has been 18 days (8 games).
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) April 22, 2021
Young had 20 points and 14 assists against the Knicks before turning the ankle when he landed after shooting a short floater with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. He left the game and did not return.
Young leads Atlanta with 25.3 points per game and he ranks third in the NBA at 9.6 assists. The Hawks offense is 11.3 points per 100 possessions worse when he is off the court this season. Without Young, the Hawks have a bottom-five offense in the league.
God had my back with this one..
Be back soon🙏🏽#WeMove
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 22, 2021
He missed two games with a calf injury earlier in April.