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Hawks star Trae Young available to play vs. Lakers

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Jan 3, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA;  Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) in the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) in the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta star guard Trae Young is slated to return to the lineup on Friday night when the Hawks visit the Los Angeles Lakers.

Young sat out Wednesday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings due to lower-back soreness. The Hawks declared Young as “available” approximately one hour before Friday’s tipoff.

On Monday, Young scored a career-best 56 points — the most by an NBA player this season — during a 136-131 road loss against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Young entered Friday ranked second in the league in scoring (28.4 points per game) and third in assists (9.5) while playing in 33 games.

The Hawks also termed John Collins, Bogdan Bodganovic and Jalen Johnson as available. The trio cleared COVID-19 protocol on Thursday.

Atlanta also said Cam Reddish (ankle) is available.

Hawks coach Nate McMillian (protocol) will missed his third straight contest.

–Field Level Media