Trae Young injury update: Hawks star out for Game 5 of Eastern Conference finals with bone bruise, per report

Trae Young will sit out of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday as he continues to recover from a bone bruise suffered in Game 3, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. The injury came when he accidentally stepped on the foot of an official. He was a game-time decision for Game 4 but was ultimately held out of that game as well. Clint Capela is still questionable as he is dealing with right eye inflammation after taking an elbow to the face from Bucks rookie Sam Merrill in Game 4.

The Hawks aren’t the only team dealing with significant injuries entering the matchup. Giannis Antetokounmpo will sit out Game 5 after hyperextending his left knee in Game 4. Fortunately, no structural damage was found in that knee. The Bucks are still missing Donte DiVincenzo, while the Hawks will be without De’Andre Hunter and Brandon Goodwin. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has been fighting knee soreness all series, still listed as probable. He has not missed a game this series. 

Injuries have been the story of this postseason all around. No team has been immune, as the Clippers played the Western Conference finals Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka while Ivica Zubac missed the last two games. The Phoenix Suns lost Chris Paul for two games due to the NBA‘s health and safety protocols. Several contenders like the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were eliminated after losing star players to injuries during the postseason. 

But the Hawks managed to win Game 4 even without Young, and they were ahead when Antetokounmpo went down. The Bucks are 16-11 in games they’ve played without Antetokounmpo under Mike Budenholzer in which their seeding was not already clinched. Both teams have proven capable of overcoming important absences, and both will be put to the test for the remainder of this season. 

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