Sarah K. Spencer: No updates on Trae Young or Clint Capela from Nate McMillan. McMillan says he hasn't met with the training staff yet to get those updates (today is a travel day for the team).
A. Sherrod Blakely: Nate McMillan said Trae Young (bone bruise) will be a game-time decision for Game 5.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting with @Malika_Andrews: Hawks star Trae Young is out for Game 4 vs. Bucks with a deep bone bruise in his right foot. Young exhausted every avenue to try and find a way to return to play, but a severe lack of mobility and significant degree of pain made it impossible.
Sarah K. Spencer: And here's the Hawks official injury report, ahead of Game 4: Trae Young (right foot bone bruise) is out. Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) is available. Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery) is out.
Zach Klein: Hawks guard Trae Young walking on to court right before Game 4 opening tip… little limp… as expected
Jim Owczarski: #Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said guard Trae Young will be a game time decision tonight vs. the #Bucks. He said Young was present at shootaround, but left it at that.
Chris Kirschner: For tomorrow’s game vs. Milwaukee: Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) is probable. Trae Young (right foot bone bruise) is questionable. Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery) is out.
Marc Stein: The Hawks say Trae Young had an MRI taken earlier today at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex and it revealed a bone bruise to his right foot. Young will be listed as questionable for tomorrow’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 4.
Sarah K. Spencer: I asked John Collins how Trae Young's spirits are doing today: "He's OK. Obviously not happy about the loss, not happy about stepping on somebody's foot. He's in an OK spot for what's going on, and I feel like he just wants to move on and get ready for next game."
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan said the Hawks are waiting on the results of Trae Young's MRI. Said Young got more treatment today on his ankle.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan on if there's any concern with Trae Young's injury moving forward: "I don't know right now. I think, when he returned to the floor, he was obviously limping on that, and when I subbed him, we decided just keep him out."
Tim Bontemps: Nate McMillan says Trae Young's ankle was sore when he came back into the game in the fourth quarter, but that when he checked out late in the fourth, McMillan wasn't going to bring him back in. Said he isn't sure whether the ankle will be an issue going forward for Young.
Sarah K. Spencer: For tonight’s game vs. Orlando: Trae Young (right hip soreness) is probable. Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring soreness) is questionable. Clint Capela (right heel pain) is questionable. Danilo Gallinari (low back soreness) is questionable.
Kevin Chouinard: Trae Young and Clint Capela are playing. Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanovic are game-time decisions, per Nate McMillan.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young (left ankle sprain) is available tonight. Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring soreness) is out.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young was diagnosed with a lateral left ankle sprain, per the team. He will be listed as out for tomorrow’s game vs. Miami and Sunday vs. Milwaukee, and his status "will be updated as appropriate." No more info other than that from the Hawks, regarding a timeline.
Chris Kirschner: Hawks say Trae Young was diagnosed with a lateral left ankle sprain. His status will be updated as appropriate. My man @SportMDAnalysis said NBA players with a Grade 2 lateral sprain could return as soon as 1-2 weeks with bracing and taping.
The Jump: How does your sprained ankle feel? "Thankfully, I have my ankle braces on. I thought it could have been worse. But it feels a lot better. Still sore. A lot better than what it felt in the moment" - @Trae Young #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #TrueToAtlanta
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young tells @Rachel__Nichols on @The Jump it was fortunate he was wearing his ankle braces, when he sprained his ankle. "It feels a lot better. Still sore. Getting an MRI here in a little bit to see if there's anything more. A lot better than what it felt in the moment."
Trae Young underwent an x-ray on his injured ankle, which came back negative. Young will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young is wearing goggles/glasses tonight — he took an accidental hit to his right eyelid last game, which led to some swelling and soreness. It didn't affect his vision at all. The goggles are a precaution.
Kevin Chouinard: Hawks say: Trae Young (left calf contusion) is questionable. Danilo Gallinari (right foot soreness) is doubtful. Collins, Dunn, Reddish, Snell, Hunter remain out.
Chris Kirschner: For tonight’s game vs. Cleveland: Trae Young (left quad soreness) is probable. Clint Capela (left heel pain) is questionable. Onyeka Okongwu (right adductor soreness) is questionable. Dunn, Reddish and Hunter are out.
Kevin Chouinard: For tonight vs. MIA: Trae Young (right adductor soreness) is probable. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out. Bogdanovic, Dunn, Hunter remain out.
Kevin Chouinard: Hawks say that For tonight’s game vs. LA Lakers: Trae Young (left knee soreness) is probable. Onyeka Okongwu (left Achilles soreness) is questionable. Dunn, Bogdanovic, Hunter are out.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young (back spasm), Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) and Clint Capela (right hand soreness) are AVAILABLE tonight, per Lloyd Pierce. Cam Reddish (right Achilles tightness) is OUT.
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks injury report for tomorrow vs. the Clippers: Cam Reddish (right Achilles tightness) is probable. Clint Capela (right hand soreness) is questionable. Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) is questionable. Trae Young (back spasm) is questionable.
Chris Kirschner: Bogdan Bogdanovic is currently getting his MRI on his knee right now, Lloyd Pierce says. Trae Young's wrist is sore and went through practice. He's wearing a mini brace.
Chris Kirschner: For tonight’s game at Brooklyn: Trae Young (right calf soreness) is available. De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) is probable. Rajon Rondo (left knee soreness) is out. Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) is out. Dunn, Snell, Okongwu remain out.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young (right ankle contusion) is officially out for tonight's game vs. the Celtics.
Chris Kirschner: Per Hawks PR, Trae Young got hit in the ankle in the fourth quarter of the Minnesota game. He felt tender after that game. He went through shootaround this morning and was fine then didn't feel fine during warmups tonight.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young is available to play tonight, Lloyd Pierce says. He'll start, alongside Jeff Teague, Kevin Huerter, John Collins and Damian Jones.
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: Atlanta Hawks not overly concerned with Trae Young’s latest ankle sprain described as closer to a “tweak.” Barring unforeseen developments overnight, there are no plans for X-rays or MRI. But they will be cautious with their All-Star guard.
All-Star point guard Trae Young suffered a right ankle sprain late in the third quarter of the Atlanta Hawks' 123-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Young said he wanted to continue playing, but the Hawks ruled him out for the rest of the game. He missed two games after spraining the same ankle earlier this season. On Saturday, Young said he didn't know about the severity of this injury.
"We'll see," said Young, who was able to walk without a protective boot after the game. "I'm going to go deal with that more tomorrow. I've got some of the best training staff, especially dealing with ankles. We'll talk more about it tomorrow and hopefully be better soon."
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young will be available to play vs. Phoenix tonight, Lloyd Pierce says. He went through all of shootaround this morning.
Malika Andrews: Trae Young (left hamstring) will not play against the Nets today, league sources tell ESPN.
Kevin Chouinard: Lloyd Pierce said that Trae Young participated fully in today's non-contact practice. "I would imagine he'd be ready to go by Friday."
“I rolled it pretty bad," Young said. “It hurts pretty bad right now, but that's to be expected. I'm getting treatment on it and iced it already." This is the second time of the year that Young has suffered an ankle injury. The first time came fives game into the regular season but he ended up missing just one week before returning.
John Hollinger: Hawks are down 20 and Trae Young is being carried off the court after turning his right ankle.
Sarah K. Spencer: No minute restriction for Trae Young tonight, Lloyd Pierce says. He jokes that Young barked at him for taking him out in the first half of last night's game, saying "I hate this" Pierce was like "It's not my doing, you sprained your ankle!" 😂
Jeff McDonald: Derrick White, who showed up on this morning's injury report as questionable with a bruised glute, will "probably give it a go" tonight, per Pop. Trae Young (ankle) to play for Atlanta but will be limited to 30 minutes per Lloyd Pierce.
Chris Haynes: Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young will return to lineup tonight against San Antonio Spurs after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Trae Young’s recovery from his right ankle sprain was so fast, Chelsea Lane thought it was like something out of a comic book. “If you ask her, she thinks I have, like, Wolverine blood… she doesn’t understand how I healed up so fast,” Young said of the Hawks’ Executive Director of Athletic Performance and Sports Medicine. “The way it looked, when it first happened to now, it’s kind of crazy. But I was giving her props, too, because she deserves it all."
Even though Young has made a remarkable recovery in a short amount of time, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t in a lot of pain last week. After Young made his way to the locker room in Miami and got his ankle wrapped, he tried to stand up and do a calf raise on his right leg. “I almost fell over,” Young said. “I couldn’t move. There was no way I could’ve returned.”
“It feels great,” Young said. “This is probably the hardest I’ve worked as far as a small time period, and needing to listen, to do everything I could to be able to get back. If anybody knows me, (they know) I hate missing games. I hate not being able to play. So I was trying to do everything I could to be able to get back.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young said today's practice had a lot of contact. He was able to participate from start to finish. Said his ankle "feels great."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta guard Trae Young (ankle) is expected to practice today, league sources tell ESPN. Barring a setback, he will likely return to lineup Tuesday vs. San Antonio, per sources.
Sarah K. Spencer: Some good news regarding Trae Young: Young got some shots up and did some conditioning today, Lloyd Pierce says. Young's able to run and move. They're not having him change directions or anything like that yet, but Pierce adds "he probably can."
Sarah K. Spencer: Pierce says the swelling in Trae Young's ankle has started to go down and he can do toe raises. Now it's just a matter of being able to sprint, jump, be explosive, etc.
Chris Kirschner: For tomorrow’s game vs. Miami: De’Andre Hunter (dental injury) is probable. Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) is doubtful. Allen Crabbe (post op rehab – right knee) is out. Chandler Parsons (load management – bilateral knees) is out. Trae Young (right ankle sprain) is out.
Shams Charania: Hawks‘ Trae Young will miss Thursday’s game against Miami and return to the court next week, league sources say. Best case scenario for Young and the Hawks.
Chris Kirschner: From the Hawks: Earlier today Trae Young received treatment at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex and he was ruled OUT for tomorrow night’s game versus the Miami Heat. Young will be re-evaluated on Monday and his status will be updated as appropriate.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Good news for Atlanta guard Trae Young, per sources: Improvement on his right ankle today. No plans for an MRI. He could return as soon as next week.
Kevin Chouinard: Trae Young (right ankle sprain) will not return tonight.
Kevin Chouinard: Lloyd Pierce said that Trae Young’s back was a little sore and he did not practice today.
September 24, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
Dionysis Aravantinos: Giannis Antetokounmpo on his hyperextended knee injury: “It wasn’t a miracle. If you work hard, you don’t drink, don’t smoke, you work hard for 8-9 years. I shouldn’t have played in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. I was in a lot of pain. I’m still hurting. But I’ll be okay.” (Via COSMOTE TV)
A number of its players had declined to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots. The team was worried that an outbreak could derail its postseason hopes. Team executives began setting up meetings aimed at swaying the unvaccinated players. They provided data outlining the scientific benefits to them as individuals and to their families as well as information regarding the safety of the vaccine. That didn’t work.
Next, the team tried dangling the NBA’s updated and more relaxed COVID protocols, which made life easier for vaccinated players. They faced fewer tests, had fewer restrictions and, crucially, were not required to quarantine after an exposure to the virus. The unvaccinated players still didn’t budge. Finally, the team tried appealing to the players’ self-interests. There was money to be made in the postseason, it told the players, whether via playoff bonuses, contract incentives, or by flourishing under the spotlight and burnishing their respective reputations.
Now, with the 2021-22 regular season just a month away and players returning to their local markets for training camp next week, a number of NBA organizations find themselves confronting similar challenges, only with more urgency. The combination of new league protocols and more stringent local regulations could create an environment in which vaccine hesitancy becomes an issue that impacts on-court results. In other words, the final standings this season could very well be impacted by the vaccination status of players.
The NBA, according to a league spokesman, believes that around 85% of its players are currently vaccinated; National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts put the number at 90% during a July interview with Yahoo Sports. Those numbers are about 10-to-15% more than the overall rate of American adults who are vaccinated. But that still means that somewhere between 50 and 70 NBA players remain unvaccinated, an average of more than two per squad. Depending on how those players are grouped, what city they play in, and how good they are, it’s clear that any team entering the season with low vaccination rates will be at a competitive disadvantage.