UPDATE: The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Young may face two weeks out with the right ankle injury.
Hawks’ Trae Young faces missing possible two weeks with right ankle sprain, with MRI coming Wednesday, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Atlanta is expected to be cautious with its rising young star.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 30, 2019
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.
X-Rays were negative on Atlanta guard Trae Young’s right ankle, and there’s optimism that this isn’t a serious injury, league sources tell ESPN. Young will undergo an MRI soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 30, 2019
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.