One game after John Collins' long awaited return, the Hawks saw Trae Young helped off the court with a right ankle injury. The second-year point guard exited Friday's game against Milwaukee with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter, snapping a five-game streak of scoring 30 points or more.
The team later announced Young would not travel with the team for Saturday's game at Chicago.
His status will be updated as appropriate. (2/2)— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 28, 2019
“I rolled it pretty bad,” Young said after Atlanta's 112-86 loss. “It hurts pretty bad right now, but that’s to be expected. I’m getting treatment on it and iced it already.”
Atlanta had hoped that Collins, who served a 25-game suspension for the violating the league's anti-drug policy, would team up with Young to help turn around the owner of the NBA's worst record. Young is averaging 29.0 points, but the Hawks are the only bottom-five team in the league on both offense and defense. They have not won a game since Dec. 8 at Charlotte.
Young was taken by Dallas with the fifth overall pick before being traded to Atlanta for Luka Doncic in the 2018 Draft. He finished second in Kia Rookie of the Year voting and, entering Friday night, was the first Hawks player to average 29 points or better since Dominique Wilkins in 1992-93.