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Hawks’ Trae Young out vs. Nets due to hamstring injury

Trae Young, Hawks, Kyrie Irving, Nets

Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young will miss Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a left hamstring injury, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Brandon Goodwin will start in Young’s place.

With Kyrie Irving returning Sunday, many were looking forward to the matchup between Irving and Young. Unfortunately, that’s now out the window with Young sitting out due to this hamstring issue.

While Young has had a prolific individual season, it has been a nightmare campaign for Atlanta. The Hawks are an NBA-worst 8-31 on the season after coming into 2019-20 with hopes of potentially sneaking into the playoffs. John Collins’ 25-game suspension and a few key injuries helped nuke those chances, but it’s still shocking just how bad Atlanta has been.

Still, Young has put up incredible numbers in his second season as he tries to secure an All-Star berth. The 21-year-old is averaging 28.9 points, 8.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 44.3% from the field and 36.7% on 3-pointers.

While Trae Young’s defense is an issue, he carries the Hawks offensively. Atlanta has been wretched without the star point guard on the floor this season, posting an anemic 91.9 points per 100 possessions in Young’s minutes on the bench, per NBA.com.

That’s obviously good news for a Nets team looking to make it two wins in a row following a seven-game losing streak. Brooklyn snapped its losing streak with a big win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. With Irving now back in the lineup, the Nets are hoping to find a groove again.