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Trae Young questionable with ankle injury – NBC Chicago

Questionable Trae Young against Bulls with sprained ankle originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Thursday’s game between the Chicago Bulls and the Hawks in Atlanta could be a shorthanded affair.

As the Bulls continue to struggle without Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and Patrick Williams, the Hawks reported on Wednesday night that backup center Onyeka Okongwu (concussion protocol) was absent, starting forward John Collins (stretched right foot) questionable and All-Star point guard Trae. Young (sprained left ankle) questionable for the contest.

Young is obviously the flagship name of this group, and his status is the most nebulous. In the parlance of injury reports, the designation “doubtful” usually connotes a 50/50 chance that a player will be available, while “doubtful” indicates that a given player is unlikely to fit.

Young suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of Atlanta’s loss to Boston on Tuesday, landing on Marcus Smart’s foot after the Celtics guard jumped into his landing space while contesting a 3 attempt points. Smart was flagged for a flagrant 1 foul and, after shooting his free throws, Young was out of the game for a while. He finally came back in the second quarter.

If Young is indeed ruled out before Thursday’s whistleblowing, it would only be his sixth absence of the season – and no doubt the impact would be felt.

The Hawks are 2-3 in five games without Young this season and have a long record of offensive struggles in his off-duty minutes. This season, Atlanta is scoring at a rate of 115.8 points per 100 possessions with Young on the ground and 105.2 points per 100 possessions without him — for reference, the Hawks’ overall scoring rate of 113.8 points per 100 possessions ranks second in the NBA, while 105.2 would fall between the 27th-ranked Rockets and 28th-ranked Magic.

But even if Young does play, the Bulls have reason to be confident in their ability to corral him. While Young is averaging 27.9 points and 9.3 assists throughout the season, and shooting spreads of 45.8/37.6/89.4 percent, he’s averaging 23 points and 10 assists while shooting 33.3% (16.7% from 3-point range) in three games against the Bulls.

That includes a 14-point performance in Chicago on Feb. 24, in which Ayo Dosunmu harassed Young in a 3-for-17 shooting line, and the Bulls staged a fourth-quarter comeback to win each team’s first game out of the game. All-Star Break 112-108.

The Bulls have already won the season series against Atlanta with wins in their first three meetings, and will be aiming for a sweep on Thursday.

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Trae Young questionable with ankle injury – NBC Chicago

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