The Atlanta Hawks have been dealt with a huge blow just as it seemed like they were turning things around after a disappointing start of the 2023-24 season. The team announced that their All-Star point guard, Trae Young, is dealing with a concussion and will be out indefinitely.
Young suffered a concussion during a 116-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. The 25-year-old player took charge by Cavs’ Isaac Okoro in the fourth quarter and was accidentally hit in the head. Young, who finished the night with 15 points and five assists, remained on the court for a couple more minutes before heading to the locker room.
According to the Hawks’ announcement, Young will now start the NBA-mandated Return-to-Participation process, and there is “no predetermined timetable to complete the process”.
Young has been enjoying a strong season, averaging 26.9 points and a career-high 10.8 assists in 39 games. He is shooting 42.2% from the field and 36.4% from behind the three-point line.
The Hawks have been one of the most disappointing teams in 2023-24 but showed some signs of life recently, winning three straight games before the loss to the Cavs. They are sitting at No. 10 in the Eastern Conference with an 18-24 record.