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

Minnesota Timberwolves v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the second half of their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center on October 23, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

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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.