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Hawks' Trae Young has bone bruise in foot, questionable for Game 4

Hawks' Trae Young has bone bruise in foot, questionable for Game 4
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11), shown during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday, injured his ankle during Sunday's Game 3 of the series. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

June 28 (UPI) -- Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young on Monday was listed as questionable for Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks after an MRI on his sprained right ankle revealed a bone bruise in his foot.

"That's the head of our snake," Hawks power forward John Collins told reporters. "That's the last thing I feel like anybody who is a Hawks supporter wants to see is that dude coming down with any sort of knick-knack or whatever it is. I think he stepped on the official's foot or somebody's foot.

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"That's the last thing I want to see. I hate to see it, and just hoping, praying that he's going to be OK."

Young sprained the ankle with under a minute left in the third quarter of Game 3 on Sunday when he accidentally stepped on the right foot of referee Sean Wright. Young briefly retreated to the locker room before returning to the court with 8:44 remaining in the fourth.

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The 22-year-old Young, however, was clearly limited by the injury in the final quarter. He had 32 points through the first three quarters, but he scored just three points in the last frame as the Hawks went on to lose 113-102 to the Bucks.

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"He's feeling OK," Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said Monday. "He's disappointed in the loss. Just as most guys, they have something that's going on, whether it's an injury or some soreness. Today is a day to take care of whatever it is that you need to get yourself ready for [Tuesday].

"So that's where Trae is at. He's getting what he needs, which is a little treatment, and whatever else he needs, whether it's a massage or whatever, to get himself ready for [Tuesday]."

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Young, who was an All-Star for the first time this season, has averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 15 playoff games in 2021.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EDT at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The Bucks hold a 2-1 lead over the Hawks.

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