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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Kyrie Irving reportedly likely to play Sunday

Kyrie Irving Nets

Kyrie Irving finally appears ready to get back in action for the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Irving is likely to play Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, marking his return to action after being sidelined for almost two months with a shoulder problem.

Irving’s mysterious shoulder injury has progressed enough that he can play through it, having recently returned to 5-on-5 practices. This would also appear to confirm that the Nets guard will not need shoulder surgery, at least not right now.

The big offseason acquisition has played just 11 times for the Nets this season, averaging 28.5 points and 7.2 assists in that brief period of action. The shoulder injury — deemed an impingement — initially didn’t seem serious, but the absences kept piling up with little explanation. With the Nets challenging for a playoff spot at 17-20, he’ll want to play the latter half of the season, hopefully improve their standing, and set things up for a successful run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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