Trae Young, a Hawks All-Star, begins against the Hornets after missing 23 games due to a finger injury.

ATLANTA (AP) — After missing 23 games due to a ruptured ligament in his left pinkie, All-Star point guard Trae Young made his comeback as a starter for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

There are just three games left in the regular season before Young returns. Young had surgery on February 27 after being hurt on February 23. On Monday, he was cleared to practice.

Young’s left hand, with the surgically repaired finger covered, was wrapped in black tape. While sitting on the Hawks bench during warmup drills, he sank a long shot, providing the first hint that the wrap would not impact his shooting.

Young’s playing time against the Hornets will be limited, according to Hawks coach Quin Snyder, as he gets ready for the Eastern Conference play-in round.

Snyder stated, “Fatigue is the main cause of it.” “He is free to participate. Everyone who has undergone surgery, been injured, or experienced anything else must always overcome mental challenges.

As of right now, the Hawks sit tenth in the East. In the play-in tournament, they are one game behind Chicago, No. 9, for the last slot.

In reference to the competition for the No. 9 spot and home-court advantage in the opening play-in tournament game, Snyder stated, “We don’t necessarily control our own destiny with that, but we can do everything we can.”

“It’s more crucial than anything that we play well and, to the greatest extent possible, get healthy.”

With 10.8 assists and 26.4 points per game, Young leads Atlanta. The Hawks’ injury list is lengthy; they will be missing forwards De’Andre Hunter (rest) and Jalen Johnson (right ankle sprain) as well as guard Dejounte Murray (right quad contusion) against Charlotte.

Snyder wants Young prepared for his regular role and as many players as possible healthy for the play-in tournament.

The most important thing, according to Snyder, is that he’s happy to be back and eager to play. Sometimes it just takes time—not only for the group, but also for Trae to establish his rhythm—how we handle those other things. That is a normal aspect of returning.

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