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Trae Young twists ankle after stepping on referee; doubtful for Game 4

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young suffered a sprained ankle after he inadvertently stepped on a referee’s foot on the sidelines.

Trae Young twists ankle after stepping on referee; doubtful for Game 4

The incident occurred during the very end of the third quarter when the game was evenly poised at 85-82 in favour of the Hawks. Young had made a pass from the right side of the court, which was intercepted by Bobby Portis.

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As Young started to track back, he appeared to step on an official’s foot and twist his own ankle in the process. He collapsed to the ground holding his foot and had to head into the locker room for treatment. Watch the video right below:

Young returned back to the court without a limp as the Hawks still kept hold of their slender lead. The medical staff had apparently diagnosed the injury as a sprain and had taped up his ankle to compete in the rest of the fixture.

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The youngster, who was running wild in the first three quarters with 32 points to his name, could only add three more to his tally as they succumbed to Middleton’s heroics. Despite the injury, Young battled it out for 39 minutes on the court and led his team in minutes played.

It’s hurting, it’s frustrating, says Trae Young

Following the loss which sets the series score to 2-1 in the favour of the Bucks, the Hawks are now presented with an additional problem in the form of Young’s injury.

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He will reportedly go for a MRI scan on Monday which will then reveal the extent of the injury and his status for Game 4 as well.

“It’s sore right now, “It’s hurting, it’s frustrating … it’s hurting a little bit and it’s sore,” Young said after the game

“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.”

 “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.”

The guard has been nothing short of phenomenal for the team in the postseason so far, and his presence is vital for the Hawks to overcome the resolute Bucks make it into the finals.

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