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Kyrie Irving expects to play in upcoming back-to-back [UPDATE]

Nets PG returned to lineup Sunday vs. Hawks, scoring 21 points in win.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and the bench react during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 12, 9:20 p.m. — Irving said he expects to play on the Nets’ upcoming back-to-back.

He returned to the lineup Sunday vs. the Hawks after missing two months with a shoulder impingement. Irving scored 21 points in 20 minutes, shooting 10-11 from the field. We’ll see if this changes, but the way Irving looked against the Hawks, I’d say he’s fine to roll out in season-long fantasy basketball. We’ll see what his price is on DraftKings for Tuesday’s game vs. the Utah Jazz.

UPDATE: Jan. 12, 2:48 p.m. — Irving is officially available to play vs. the Hawks, his first game back since Nov. 14 due to a shoulder impingement.

UPDATE: Jan. 11, 4:42 p.m. — Irving is expected to return to the lineup Sunday vs. the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

This is a bit above the expected return date we figured for Irving, who has been out since mid-November due to the shoulder injury. He’s expected to be back Sunday, though we don’t know how many minutes Irving will play in his return.

Irving isn’t the type of player to come off the bench, so he’ll likely start, and if that’s the case, Spencer Dinwiddie may go back to being a top 6th Man. That shouldn’t hurt his fantasy basketball value much initially, but once Irving is 100%, Dinwiddie won’t handle the ball nearly as much when Irving is out there.

Irving is officially being listed as probable.

UPDATE: Jan. 9, 1:24 p.m. — Irving returned to full-contact practice on Thursday.

As you can see via Alex Schiffer, Irving is progressing well and it seems like he’s the closest he’s been to a return. I’d say a few more weeks and we should see Irving back in action for the Nets.

If that is the case, Spencer Dinwiddie will take a big value hit in both DFS and season-long fantasy basketball as a result. I’d imagine Irving will be eased back into action, but once he’s up to speed, Dinwiddie should take a back seat and come off the bench again. I’d still peg him as one of the top 6th Men in the NBA, but he won’t get the type of usage to put up the numbers he’s been putting up.

Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving updated reporters on his status Saturday, explaining that he is taking cortisone shots in his right shoulder to avoid surgery. Irving said that his shoulder now has bursitis and it’s difficult for him to lift it up to take shots.

Still, Irving is in good spirits it seems and he’s doing his best to get back on the court for the Nets, who are 16-17 and currently in the seventh seed in the East.

Irving hasn’t played since Nov. 14 due to the shoulder impingement. With Irving out, the Nets have been able to stay in the playoff race thanks to Spencer Dinwiddie, who has filled in nicely for Kyrie. Dinwiddie is averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 assists per game this season and honestly is in contention to play in the All-Star game if he keeps this up.