'That was nasty': NBA star helped off after 'awful' incident

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A scary moment that saw Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young helped from the court has left NBA viewers praying for the young gun’s wellbeing.

Young exited Wednesday’s loss to the Miami Heat early in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his right ankle.

The 21-year-old was writhing on the floor in agony after stepping through the defence and landing on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow.

The Hawks confirmed shortly after the frightening incident that he would take no further part in the match.

Replays showed Young’s ankle twist as his foot made contact with Winslow, with several members of the Atlanta medical staff assisting him off the court and into the locker room.

Hawks teammates looked particularly concerned for the guard, with fans shaken up by the scary incident.

Despite the worrying early indications, the severity of the injury doesn’t seem to be as bad as initially feared.

Young reportedly underwent x-rays, with the player and his team “optimistic” that the injury won’t keep him out of action for long.

The 21-year-old Young was named an NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week in the season’s opening week, when he averaged 34 points and nine assists per game through three games and shot 52% from three-point range.

Young was the runner-up in last season’s Rookie of the Year race behind the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić and was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He missed only one game in the entire 2018-19 season.

Hawks guard Trae Young was in obvious pain after twisting his ankle against the Heat.
Trae Young twisted his ankle in a nasty incident against the Heat. Pic: AAP

The injury ended up being a double blow for the Hawks, who went down 112-97 against the Heat.

Tyler Herro top scored for Miami with 29 points, as Jimmy Butler (21 points) provided solid back up.

A game-high 30 points for Hawks forward John Collins proved couldn't prevent Atlanta from losing their second game in four.

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