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Kyrie Irving cleared, available to play for Nets Sunday vs. Grizzlies Watch Trae Young find A.J. Griffin for OT game-winner, Hawks top Raptors Damian Lillard leaves game with return of right calf tightness Tyrese Maxey expected to miss weeks with “small fracture” in left foot Ja Morant week-to-week with Grade 1 ankle sprain

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As expected, Kyrie Irving has been approved and officially listed as available for play Sunday night in Brooklyn, when the Nets will host the Grizzlies, the team announced. Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT added some details to the news.

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Nets laid out six healing steps they said Irving needs to complete back after his tweet promoting an antisemitic film. There were public steps, for example, he apologized in an Instagram postbut also private, including meetings with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as well as Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife.

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The Nets went 5-3 in games Irving missed by suspension, playing the second-best defense in the league this stretch for coach Jacques Vaughn. Offense was closer to the middle of the pack in terms of rankings, but Irving’s shot creation and scoring should help.

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The Nets will take on the Grizzlies without a stellar backcourt. I am Morant (week after week with an ankle sprain) and Desmond Bain (sprained right toe) dropped out on Sunday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young made a long pass to hit AJ Griffin due to an open layup in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks, after a late play on the main roster, beat the understrength Toronto Raptors 124–122 on Saturday night.

Young had 33 points and 12 assists De’Andre Hunter added 22 points and Clint Capela the Hawks had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

While Young was passing with 3.8 seconds left and the score was tied at 122, Griffin figured out to run for defense and position himself near the basket. It was pure basketball instinct. Young caught the pass, took the dribble and made a half court pass. Griffin jumped in, retrieved the ball and took a shot before the touchdown.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Griffin said. “I had a feeling they were going to apply pressure. I saw it and broke early. I said, “I’ll just sneak up on them from behind.” That is exactly what happened.”

Young hit a pair of free throws with 59 seconds left in regulation to give the Hawks their first lead since the middle of the third quarter.

The Raptors led 108–101 with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter. The Hawks hit 10 runs in 90 seconds and led 111–109 on Young’s two free throws with 59 seconds remaining.

Toronto had a great chance to win it at the end of regular time, but Scotty Barnes missed the downtime and the rollback attempt on the buzzer.

Griffin scored eight of his 17 in overtime, his second running back going 118–115. His first running back for Atlanta’s first possession in overtime gave the Hawks a 115–113 lead and they never fell behind again. The teams traded baskets in the extra period before Young hit high over the glass with 28.2 seconds left to make it 120–117.

Hunter missed two free throws at the 7-second mark, which would have frozen Atlanta. OG Anunobi followed by a pair of free throws to make Griffin the winner of the game.

“We just play, keep fighting,” Young said. “It’s a long game. They went for runs. We ran, we ran. This is a long game, so you can’t stop at any moment. We knew that we had a chance to return to the game. We just kept playing.”

Barnes had a season-high 28 points and Anunobi added 27 points to the Raptors, who were aiming for a third straight win despite several injuries.

Toronto dressed only nine players. Key team members – sorry pascal, Precious Achiuva, Gary Trent Jr. as well as Fred VanVliet – missed a total of 18 games since 6 November.

“It’s a little tough, but there’s nothing we can’t handle.” – Raptors forward Thaddeus Young said, scoring 19 points on nine rebounds. “We were outnumbered but we still had a chance to win the game. We just need to make sure we succeed.”

The Raptors received 15 points from VanVleet and a career-high 17 points from a backup defenseman. Malachi Flynn before he fouled.

Toronto went on a 22-8 streak to go up 42-33, ending with VanVleet’s 3-pointer early in the second. The Raptors called a timeout after a Collins dunk cut the lead to 51–49, but Toronto went 62–55 up at halftime when Barnes’ layup beat the signal.

Atlanta is 50-51 all-time against the Raptors, 27-24 at home.

Damian Lillard missed four games a few weeks ago with a tight right calf.

On Friday night, he was out of the game in the third quarter with a tight calf.

Here is Lillard’s post-game quote via Sean Huikin and his Rose Garden Report (Blazers fans should subscribe).

“I haven’t felt it since the first time I strained,” Lillard said after the game. “The first time I was in pain, I felt it. This time I ran away from the defense and felt it tense up. I just started pressing on my toes. I could tell it was annoyed. It was like I was talking to myself. I wanted to see how I feel. Sat for two weeks. I didn’t want to go there and do the same thing again. I went out and let them look at it, that’s all.”

Lillard, who scored 2 of 14 before leaving, said that while it’s not as bad as last time, he expects to miss a few games. This season, Lillard is averaging 26.3 points and seven assists per game, he is explosive and once again playing at All-Star level.

Portland are 3-2 this season in Lillard’s games, and after Saturday’s loss to Utah — their second loss in a row — they’re 10-6 of the season, tied for second in the West (with the Jazz win are now in the lead). record in the West). Portland is bracing for a tough stretch of games: 6 of 7 on the road – Bucks and Cavaliers – first two – with the only home game of the stretch against the Clippers recovering from Kawhi Leonard back.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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