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Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young: ‘Frustrating’ not being at 100 percent in Game 6 loss

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ATLANTA – As the Atlanta Hawks’ season came to an end with a 118-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Trae Young walked off the court after the final buzzer sounded and shouted one message to the fans crowded around the tunnel next to Atlanta’s bench at State Farm Arena:

“We’ll be back.”

It was a final defiant message from Young, one of the breakout stars of these playoffs, after he finished with 14 points on 4-for-17 shooting in 40 minutes Saturday night in his return to action after sitting out Games 4 and 5 with a bone bruise in his right foot and a sprained right ankle.

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Young, who had done no on-court work other than testing out his foot to try to play before each of the past three games, understandably looked winded and didn’t have his usual burst.

But after testing his foot before Game 6 – a process he went through before Games 4 and 5 before deciding he couldn’t play – Young felt good enough to give it a shot.

A magical postseason run that saw the Hawks knock off two higher-seeded opponents – the fourth-seeded New York Knicks in five games and top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in seven – before ultimately falling to Milwaukee in six games finally came to an end.

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