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Trae Young exits game with right ankle injury

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Young may face two weeks out with the right ankle injury.

As Charania notes, Young is slated to undergo an MRI on Wednesday that will further assess the damage to his ankle and set a firmer timetable for his return to the court, with the two-week timetable far from a certainty. For what it’s worth, the Hawks have a (relatively) favorable schedule over the next 10 days before beginning a challenging West Coast road trip on Nov. 10 in Portland.

More to come.

Trae Young has been fantastic for the Atlanta Hawks to begin the 2019-20 season, earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors and engineering an effective offense. On Tuesday, the second-year guard looked to continue his upward trajectory against the Miami Heat but, early in the second quarter, Young suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury.

Young was helped to the locker room immediately following the incident shown above and, after a period of evaluation, he was ruled out for the remainder of the evening with a right ankle sprain.

After Young went to the bench, newly acquired guard Ty Wallace checked in to make his Hawks debut, as Atlanta was already without Evan Turner (Achilles) for Tuesday’s game in Miami. Young exited the game with five points, two assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes of action.

During the halftime break, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski shed positive light on the situation, reporting that an X-ray was negative, though the Hawks await an MRI.

The negative X-ray results were then confirmed by Hawks PR and head coach Lloyd Pierce.

Stay tuned as more information emerges but, in short, the Hawks will face a significant challenge if the star guard is forced to miss any length of time.