Hawks’ Trae Young cleared to return vs. Mavs; Kyrie Irving out

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for Friday’s game against the host Atlanta Hawks due to a sprained right thumb.

Irving sustained the injury in Dallas’ 119-110 setback to the Boston Celtics on Monday. The eight-time All-Star did not play in the Mavericks’ 132-109 home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Atlanta star guard Trae Young, who leads the team in scoring at 26.9 points and assists at 10.8, cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol and is available to make his return Friday against Dallas.

He was placed in concussion protocol after the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and missed the past two contests. Young also missed a Jan. 19 game with an illness.

Irving, 31, averages 25.2 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 27 games (all starts) this season for the Mavericks.

He has career averages of 23.5 points, 5.7 assists and 4.0 boards in 698 career games (all starts) with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Mavericks.

Young, 25, has career averages of 25.6 points, 9.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 392 career games (all starts) with the Hawks.

This season, he is averaging 26.9 points and 10.8 assists.