Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young revealed his sprained right ankle was sore following Sunday's Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's sore right now," said Young, who finished with 35 points -- but only three in the fourth -- and four assists in 39 minutes in Sunday's loss, and added he's going to get an MRI on the ankle Monday morning.
"It's hurting, it's frustrating ... it's hurting a little bit and it's sore. "I got some treatment on it. I'm going to go get some more in the morning. That's all I can do right now, is to get treatment."
The Hawks competed well against the Bucks but ended up losing 113-102 and falling 2-1 down in the series. Young admitted that his right ankle was in his mind and that it was affecting him. "Really just my blow-by speed," Young said.
"I mean, that's a big part of my game, is my ability just to blow by anybody. And when you're on the left side and you're trying to blow by, you got to use your right foot."
Young was affected by the right ankle
Hawks head coach Nate McMillan didn't want to risk anything with Young so he subbed out his star guard with 51 seconds left to play in the game.
"When he came back to the bench, I was told that he was available," McMillan said. "Once he got out there, and I saw he wasn't moving well, when I took him out for the last few seconds, he couldn't go back.
I was basically looking to rotate him offense/defense, and he just couldn't go back." The Hawks opened up an early double-digit lead but the Bucks recovered to win. "Definitely," he said, when asked if his hot start added any frustration to his state after the game.
"Especially because we had the lead and we were doing good. We had a lot of momentum on our side. "Just a freaky bad accident, and it just happens like that." Hawks players were disappointed to see Young struggling with the injury.
"Obviously, there are times when he carries us, but we've got to pick up the slack a little bit," Hawks guard Kevin Huerter said. "Just couldn't make shots down the stretch there. Trae obviously wasn't the same.
Just kind of a freak thing -- he rolls it on the ref. "Some things are out of your control, but we've got to be there to pick him up a little bit, and we didn't tonight."