As if things weren’t bad enough for the Atlanta Hawks. Currently, they have the NBA’s worst record at 6-26. Now, they will be without their star, Trae Young, for at least one game.
Young, who is fourth in the NBA in scoring, went down with a sprained right ankle in the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Young was ruled out for the rest of the game, finished with just 12 points, and the Hawks lost 112-86.
The second-year guard is averaging 28.5 points per game and trails only James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Luka Doncic in the scoring race. Young is also fifth in the league in assists averaging 8.3 per game.
Young drove through the lane and appeared to step on an opponent’s foot when he went down. It was the same ankle that he injured earlier in the season. Young missed a game on October 31 but did return for the Hawks next game five nights later. He scored 29 points in a win over San Antonio at home.
Atlanta plays Chicago on Saturday night and continues its road swing by heading to Orlando for a Monday night game. Young will not travel with the team to Chicago. While he has been ruled out for the Bulls game, there has been no indication that Young would be ready to face the Magic on Monday night.
Atlanta is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Should they lose in Chicago on Saturday, they will tie their longest losing streak of the season at 10 games.