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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 7:30 PM EST

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Kevin Durant is back. Playing in front of the Brooklyn crowd for the first time as a member of the Nets since, well, forever.

Also back is Zion Williamson, who returned from injury on Tuesday night to put up a cool 34 points. He’s so fun to watch.

Not back, though, is James Harden - he remains out with a hamstring injury.

Back again, though, is the Nets playing on ESPN and, ugh, YES 2.

Also back again, again, is the return of NetsDaily’s live post-game Clubhouse chat.

Did I miss anything? Don’t forget to drop your “how to watch YES2” solves below - fingers crossed those streaming won’t have a mini lag.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (35-16) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (22-28)

WHEN: 7:30 PM EST

WHERE: ESPN (national), YES2 (local), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview.

Isaiah Thomas is the most unlikely star. He was drafted out of Washington at No. 60 and then at 5’9” became an All-Star and All-NBA, winning hearts in Boston and across the NBA when he dominated the first round of the 2017 post-season despite the death of his sister in a car accident.

From that point on, the legend of IT slowly fell apart due to injuries. He was traded to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving deal and his physical exam showed unresolved issues related to a previous hip injuries. There was also issues with a loss of cartilage and some arthritis and he bounced around, going from Cleveland to the Lakers to Washington to Denver. Nothing worked. He looked done.

With so many injuries, the Pelicans took a chance on him this week, signing him to a 10-day deal. He had been trying to convince teams that off-season surgery had made him whole again, diminished the pain that had in turn diminished his abilities.

For more on the Pelicans, check out The Bird Writes.