The Atlanta Hawks’ playoff star sprained his right ankle during a freak encounter with an official’s foot late within the third quarter of Game 3 within the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. Young was ready to return for much of the fourth quarter, but he did not have the type of explosiveness that has made him the breakout leader of Atlanta’s stunning playoff run “It’s sore immediately .,” he said, rubbing his forehead. “It’s hurting. It’s frustrating.”
Young will undergo an MRI on Monday to work out the complete extent of the sprain. He’ll even be getting extensive treatment over subsequent 48 hours in an effort to form sure he’s as healthy as possible going into Game 4. “I don’t skills bad it’s, but he was definitely limping,” teammate Danilo Gallinari said. “I’m guessing he wasn’t feeling excellent .” Even though Young finished with 35 points, the Hawks caught up offensively within the closing minutes, allowing the Bucks to rally for a 113-102 victory that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
It’s hard to see the Hawks advancing to the NBA Finals if Young isn’t a minimum of some semblance of himself the remainder of the series. “Of course, he’s our greatest player,” Gallinari said. “If we had to play without him, it’s tough.” Young was injured after he threw a pass that was deflected by Jrue Holiday. The Hawks guard turned to run back on defense, only to tread on the foot of ref Sean Wright, who was standing just out of bounds. It was simply an accident, but that did not make it any less painful for Young. “I didn’t see him,” he said. “I guess I’ve needed to have eyes within the back of my head now to ascertain who’s behind me.”
Young remained down on the court until the subsequent whistle. He hobbled first to the bench than to the room to be examined. The Atlanta crowd roared when Young returned to the sideline early within the fourth quarter, having been cleared to travel back within the game. But he was limping noticeably and grimacing when he came up the court. Young made just one of 4 shots within the fourth period, ruining what had been a bounce-back performance from a troublesome outing during a 34-point rout by the Bucks in Game 2. Young acknowledged that he did not have the speed to blow by defenders the way he normally does.
“That’s an enormous part of my game,” he said. Coach Nate McMillan took Young out with slightly below a moment remaining and saw no reason to place him back in. Now, the main target is on getting him ready for Game 4. Young intends to play. McMillan sounded a touch less certain. “I do not know immediately,” McMillan said. “When he returned to the ground, he was obviously limping thereon (ankle). once I subbed for him. we just decided to stay him out.” Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo acknowledged that his team caught an opportunity when Young was injured.
“I hope he can compete in Game 4,” the two-time MVP said. “Yeah, the Hawks definitely need him. He’s an enormous part of what they are doing and is hard to protect .” Young has addressed ankle injuries from stepping on another player’s foot. But a ref’s foot? That was a replacement one. “Just a freaky accident,” Young said.