The good news: Kyrie Irving is finally back in action for the Brooklyn Nets tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. The bad news: Trae Young is out.
Irving had been sitting on the sidelines for the last 26 games after suffering a right shoulder injury, but he returned to practice in recent days and coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed that he would play tonight against Atlanta.
The perennial All Star hasn’t played since mid-November, and there was some talk that the injury could require surgery, so this news today should come as an enormous relief to Nets fans.
Young, meanwhile, has a left hamstring injury. Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce told the media that the sophomore guard received treatment for the injury on Saturday but still felt soreness on Sunday.
Young averages 28.9 points and Irving 28.5. They are the current Eastern Conference leaders at guard in fan voting for the All-Star Game.
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