Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving returns to practice

All-NBA guard participates in first full practice with team since shoulder injury
Kyrie Irving is set to make his return against the Hawks.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has moved closer to a return after nearly two months out of the lineup with a shoulder injury, participating in his first full practice with the team on Thursday at HSS Training Center.

"Today was a good practice," said Irving. "We finally had a practice [Thursday], so we got a chance to go up and down, some five-on-five, which felt pretty good. We just see where we end up in the next few days. We will, realistically, reevaluate [Friday], see how I feel.

Then go Saturday, probably another practice, probably more four-on-four, five-on-five. I try to get as many coaches and players as I can, we're down a few guys. Guys are playing 38 minutes, 37 minutes, so I try to respect their bodies as well. We've got a few guys in here running four-on-four, I've been doing that for the last three or four days. So it's felt pretty good."

Irving last played in Denver on Nov. 14 and has been listed as out due to a shoulder impingement for each Nets game since. He met with the media for the first time since his injury last Saturday and said he had received a cortisone shot on Dec. 24.

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