It has just been revealed that Atlanta Hawks superstar Trae Young is set to suit up for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
This report was first broken by NBA insider Malika Andrews of ESPN:
Hawks star Trae Young will play in Game 6 tonight vs. Milwaukee, sources tell @wojespn and me. Young missed the last two games with a bone bruise in his right foot.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 3, 2021
The Hawks have also confirmed Young’s availability for Game 6:
An @emoryhealthcare injury report for tonight’s game vs. Milwaukee:
Trae Young (right foot bone bruise): AvailableBogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness): Available
Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition): OutDe’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery): Out pic.twitter.com/jBUOzgdWxG
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 3, 2021
As indicated in the report above, Young has been out of action for the Hawks for Games 4 and 5. The All-Star point guard sustained an ankle injury in Game 3 when he stepped on a game official’s foot upon landing from a three-point shot attempt. While he was able to remain in the game after the incident, the injury turned out to be more serious than initially expected. The good news for Atlanta here is that Young has been deemed fit enough to take the court for Saturday’s do-or-die matchup. How close he is to a hundred percent, however, is unclear at this point.
It is also worth noting that as for the Bucks, they’ve already ruled out Giannis Antetokounmpo for Game 6. The former back-t0-back MVP is still dealing with a lingering knee injury, and unlike Young, Giannis won’t be able to take part in Saturday’s festivities.
These developments give Atlanta a significant advantage for Game 6. The fact that they’ll also be playing on their own home floor also bodes well for their chances to extend this series to a seventh game. It goes without saying, though, that a loss on Saturday would officially put an end to what has been a tremendous season for Trae Young and the Hawks.