Young was a game time decision for the third game in a row due to a bone contusion in his right foot and a sprained right ankle suffered when he inadvertently stepped on referee Sean Wright’s foot at the end of the third quarter of game 3.
Young tested his foot before Game 6 – a process he went through before Game 4 and 5 before deciding he couldn’t play – and felt well enough to play.
In his pre-game media session, Hawks coach Nate McMillan said Young was shooting with the team on Saturday morning, echoing what goalie Kevin Huerter said earlier in the day. The two declined to comment on whether Young had competed on the pitch with his teammates or what he looked like if he had.
Young has been the star of those playoffs, averaging 29.8 points and 9.5 assists on his first trip to the playoffs. He led the fifth-seeded Hawks to victories over the fourth-seeded New York Knicks and seeded Philadelphia 76ers.
Young’s presence will be a welcome sight for the Hawks, who were demolished in paint by the Bucks in Game 5 and followed the series 3-2.
Now, with their season in play on Saturday night, they’ll have the chance to extend it to a seventh game on Monday with their superstar guard on the pitch.