The Hawks will have a better idea Thursday just how long point guard Trae Young will be out with a left ankle sprain.
Young turned the ankle on a shot attempt late in the third quarter of Atlanta’s overtime loss to the Knicks on Wednesday and did not return. He needed assistance as he walked off the court and into the locker room at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Atlanta coach Nate McMillan told reporters after the game that X-rays on the ankle were negative. Young is scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday.
Young posted an optimistic update on Twitter after the game.
Atlanta’s next game is Friday at home vs. Miami.
Young posted 20 points and 14 assists in 30 minutes before he was hurt. The Hawks led 95-87 when they lost Young, the team’s leader in scoring and assists; they wound up losing 137-127 in OT and fell to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Knicks moved past them into fourth.
Lou Williams is the Hawks’ top option to replace Young in the lineup. Williams, 34, has been serving in his customary sixth-man role with Atlanta after coming over from the Clippers in a deal that sent Rajon Rondo to LA at the NBA trade deadline March 25.