What Kenny Atkinson liked most about Kyrie Irving's play vs. Hawks

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

The Brooklyn Nets warmed up in shirts that read "No Place For Hate" and bore the logo of the Anti-Defamation League on Sunday night, before a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Irving, who was born in Australia to American parents, averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds over 11 games in his first season with Brooklyn after joining the Nets from Boston in the off-season.

"He was really efficient", said coach Kenny Atkinson.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points for the Hawks, who played without star guard Trae Young because of a left hamstring injury and lost their fourth straight.

Brooklyn made it such an easy night that their fans did not need to worry about the scoreboard as they roared for Vince Carter's two three-pointers in the fourth quarter. "I don't want to take it for granted how much he's given up his life to sacrifice his time with his family and friends to be playing basketball for this long".

After having missed 26 straight games, Irving showed no rust in his first action since November 14. The Nets held up well without him for a while thanks mostly to Spencer Dinwiddie's strong play, but had faltered recently and struggled especially in crunch time.

"After the cortisone, it gave me a great steppingstone to work my way to getting back on the floor", Irving told the media on January 4.

The six-time All-Star returned to practice on Thursday (09/01) and he is now ready for his return to action. I worked extremely hard to get back.

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