Kyrie Irving returns, will start vs. Atlanta; Trae Young out with strained hamstring

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Here’s the good news: As expected, after missing 26 games with shoulder bursitis, Kyrie Irving is back in the Brooklyn Nets starting lineup tonight.

However, anyone hoping for an Irving/Trae Young showdown will be disappointed, Young is out.

The Nets started the season 4-7 with Irving running the point. The team struggled on offense to adapt to Irving’s isolation heavy, go-at-your-guy-and-score style.

Irving averaged 28.5 points and 7.2 assists a game over the first 11 games of the season, before his injury put him in street clothes.