VIDEO: Trae Young heads to locker room with ankle injury vs. Knicks
The condensed schedule of the 2020-21 NBA season is really taking its toll on the players. Atlanta Hawks All-Star Trae Young is the latest one to get bit by the injury bug, as he prematurely exited the Hawks’ road game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Young sustained what appeared to be a left ankle sprain following an awkward landing late in the third quarter. It appeared the 22-year-old playmaker stepped on Nerlens Noel on his way down and immediately clutched his shin in pain.
Here's video of how Trae Young went down:pic.twitter.com/O0cR4O7Sp1
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 22, 2021
Young was unable to return to the locker room on his own and had to be helped by his teammates. He was scratched off for the remainder of the contest.
Hawks say Trae Young (left ankle sprain) will not return to tonight’s game. https://t.co/ZocXwBcZoR
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) April 22, 2021
Before leaving the game, Young was enjoying a fantastic game for the Hawks. He already had a double-double of 20 points and 15 dimes, along with two rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes. The Hawks entered the matchup on a two-game winning streak and as victors of eight of their last 10 games. Young’s brilliant play has a lot to do with that, norming 25.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 9.5 assists on 43.1 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from long range.
The extent of Trae Young’s injury remains uncertain as of writing, but his possible absence will indeed be a huge blow for the Hawks.