Hawks’ Trae Young has surgery on finger, out at least 4 weeks

Hawks’ Trae Young has surgery on finger, out at least 4 weeks

Atlanta All-Star guard Trae Young had surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left fifth finger and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Young sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of this past Friday’s home loss vs. Toronto (Feb. 23). Without Young, Atlanta (25-32 straight up, 18-39 against the spread) beat Orlando 109-92 as a two-point home favorite on Monday night.

Young is averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. The sixth-year pro has hit 42.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, 37.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 85.6 percent of his free throws.

Young missed his sixth game of the season in Monday’s win over the Magic.

If Young is able to return in late March, he should be able to play in the Hawks’ last 8-11 regular-season games. They have their last eight games in April and play three times between March 27-30.

Quin Snyder’s club is currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, leading Brookyn by three games. The Hawks are two games back of Chicago for ninth place in the East.

If the season ended today, Atlanta would face seventh-seeded Indiana in the NBA’s play-in tournament.

With Young out in Monday’s win vs. Orlando, Bogdan Bogdanovic moved into the starting lineup, with Dejounte Murray sliding into the point guard position.

Rookie guard Kobe Bufkin saw more playing time, logging 10:45 on the court. He acquitted himself well, contributing two points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot.

Atlanta is a 1.5-point home favorite tonight vs. Utah.