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Preview: Hawks look to even series vs. Bucks in Game 4

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks face a 2-1 series deficit Tuesay evening vs. the Milwaukee Bucks after a tough loss on their home floor in Game 3 on Sunday. Perhaps even bigger than the loss was Trae Young injuring his foot late in the third quarter, putting his status for Game 4 in question. Young’s MRI Monday revealed a bone bruise to his right foot.

The Hawks will obviously have to make considerable adjustments in the event Young is out or limited, as obviously so much of the offense runs through his creation for both himself and others. Guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter and Lou Williams will have to take an increased role on the ball in that circumstance.

Atlanta finds themselves right where they were in the second round, trailing two games to one at home after suffering a defeat on their home floor. The resilient group is at risk of being pushed to the brink, and will need to come up with answers in Game 4 — with or without Young — if they have high hopes of extending their season to the next round.

Milwaukee will look to make it three straight wins over the Hawks in the series on Tuesday night, as a Game 4 win would put the Bucks in position to be able to finish the series out in Game 5 on their home floor Thursday.

Atlanta faces the tough test of both defending the Bucks in the paint (something they haven’t done well this series) as well as generating offense with a potentially damaged engine. Their shooting kept them competitive in Game 3, and they’ll need more of that in Game 4.


Trae Young (right foot bone bruise) is questionable, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) is probable. Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) and De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery) remain out.

For Milwaukee, Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) is out for the season, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is probable for the second straight game with left calf tightness.

The Line

The Bucks open as seven-point favorites with the status of Young up in the air, while that number will assuredly be higher if the Hawks starting point guard is ruled out for Tuesday’s contest. Atlanta will be an underdog for the 11th consecutive game, a stretch in which they are 5-6 outright.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29, 8:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena


Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Watch TNT