With 13 games left in its regular season schedule, the last thing that the Atlanta Hawks need is to have a player go down due to injury.
The Hawks have been very competitive this season. They were 32-26 heading into the game against the New York Knicks and were sitting as the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, the basketball gods decided that bad luck would be thrust upon the Hawks, as in their game against the Knicks, All-Star point guard Trae Young went down and was never able to get back up.
Trae Young had to be helped off the floor after suffering an apparent ankle/lower leg injury. pic.twitter.com/WAN8nocJ3j— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) April 22, 2021
Reports said that the 22-year-old floor general sprained his left ankle.
As you can see in the video, there’s a possibility that it could be worse based off of his reaction and the fact that he wasn’t able to return to the game.
This is a big blow for the Atlanta Hawks and Young. Young was one of the most durable players in the league, having played a total of 54 games this year and only missed five games.
He’s averaging 25.3 PPG, 9.6 APG, 3.9 RPG in 42.9% FG.
He’s the team leader of the Hawks in points and assists and is the main reason why they’re in the playoff picture this year.
To add insult to injury, the Atlanta Hawks went on to lose the game in Overtime, 137-127. Which resulted to them sliding down in the standings to the fifth-seed with a 32-27 record.
Without Young, the chances of the Hawks to make it past the first around of the playoffs go up in smoke. In fact, their guaranteed playoff spot is now in jeopardy, as a bad run of games could see the Hawks drop into seventh place in the Eastern Conference and be forced into the play-in tournament. For a team that’s exceeded expectations this season, this is just a rotten position to be put in.
The Atlanta Hawks is set to host the Miami Heat and then the Milwaukee Bucks before going back on the road to visit the Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers twice in its next five games.
Although, there are still no official statement on the injury of Young, it’s highly likely that the Hawks would have to move on without their ace-point guard.
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