Hawks point guard Trae Young has been ruled out of Thursday’s home game against the Heat as he deals with a right ankle sprain suffered Tuesday.
Young has shown improvement and won’t require an MRI exam after being on crutches following the injury. He will be re-evaluated on Monday, according to the team. He received treatment at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex on Wednesday. The team stated Young’s status will be updated as appropriate.
After Thursday’s game against the Heat, the Hawks don’t play again until a home game against the Spurs on Tuesday, a break of four days.
Young posted that his injury was not serious on social media Wednesday with a tweet that read: “God was on my side with this one.”
In the second quarter of the Tuesday night's loss at the Heat, Young came down awkwardly on his right ankle and was helped back to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and did not return to the game. Postgame, he was on crutches with his ankle wrapped. X-rays following the game were negative.
Young did not appear to be able to put much weight on the ankle when leaving the court, but said he was able to do so when he got closer to the locker room.
“It's definitely something they want me to stay off it as much as possible right now,” Young said.
Young was named the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week Monday. He averaged 38.5 points, nine rebounds and seven assists through the Hawks' first two games, leading the team to a 2-0 start, and added 25 points and 9 assists in the loss to the Sixers Monday.