Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young will be out for Tuesday’s pivotal Game 4 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. This is obviously a huge blow to the Hawks, who count on Young for a ton of offense, both what he creates for himself and what he can do for his teammates. It was first reported that Young would be out by ESPN, and the Hawks confirmed moments later.
Reporting with @Malika_Andrews: Hawks star Trae Young is out for Game 4 vs. Bucks with a deep bone bruise in his right foot. Young exhausted every avenue to try and find a way to return to play, but a severe lack of mobility and significant degree of pain made it impossible.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2021
Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews also report that Young will continue his rehab in hopes of returning for Game 5 in Milwaukee on Thursday. Young rolled his foot late in the third quarter of Game 3 when he appeared to step on the foot of an official near the sideline. He went to the locker room, then ultimately returned to the court during the fourth quarter.
The Hawks confirmed ESPN’s report with the release of their official injury report ahead of tonight’s game.
An @emoryhealthcare injury report for tonight’s game vs. Milwaukee:— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 29, 2021
Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness): Available
Trae Young (right foot bone bruise): Out
Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition): Out
De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery): Out pic.twitter.com/kTUT5kzUvI
Upon returning in Game 3, Young played seven minutes, scoring just three points. He was visibly struggling to move, and was of little impact. Young has averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 assists this postseason, shooting 42.7% from the floor and 32.6% from three-point range.
Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Lou Williams and others will now hold the burden of handling the ball for the Hawks, while John Collins and Clint Capela will also look to bring more to the table offensively in the absence of the star guard.