Hawks guard Trae Young (11) looks over the floor as Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Photo: John Amis/AP
Photo: John Amis/AP

Trae Young leaves game with ankle sprain, will miss time

Hawks point guard Trae Young suffered a sprained right ankle injury late in the first  half and left Friday’s game against the Bucks at State Farm Arena. He did not return.

Following the game, a 112-86 loss, Young said he would not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday’s game in a back-to-back. He said he would remain in Atlanta for continued treatment after an x-ray was negative.

“I rolled it pretty bad,” Young said. “It hurts pretty bad right now but that’s to be expected. I came back here, got some treatment on it, iced it already.”

Young was called for an offensive foul when he drove the lane with 1:32 remaining in the second quarter. He appeared to twist his ankle as he fell to the ground following a collision with the Bucks’ George Hill.

Young needed to be helped off the court by John Collins and Kevin Huerter. He immediately went to the locker room. 

Young had a team-high 12 points and two assists when he was forced out of the game.

Young said he was in pain and admitted to leaning on his left leg during a postgame interview. He also said he might use crutches.

Young missed one game earlier this season with a right ankle sprain. He sat out an Oct. 31 game against the Heat, two days after suffering the injury. He returned for the Hawks’ next game on Nov. 5.

“I’ll work my ass off to get back as quick as possible,” Young said. “I did that with my last time and I’m going to do the same thing to get back as quick as possible.”

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