Trae Young has been one of the NBA’s more durable superstars this season. He has missed only five games, but the brutal nature of this condensed season may have just caught up to him. During the third quarter of Atlanta’s game against the New York Knicks, Young suffering what the team has described as a left ankle sprain and was ruled out of the remainder of the game shortly thereafter.
Young went up for a floater but may have landed on the back of Norvel Pelle’s foot. He immediately crumpled to the floor and needed to be helped off of the court by teammates, though he did appear able to put at least a little bit of weight on the foot.
Young recently missed two games with a left calf injury. Whether that injury played any part in this one is unknowable, but Young has otherwise remained healthy throughout the season. In the process, he has averaged 25.4 points and 9.5 assists per game to help lead the resurgent Hawks back into playoff contention. Entering Wednesday, Atlanta had sole control of the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.