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Washington Basketball: Justin Holiday Cleared To Play After Concussion Symptoms From USC Game

Washington Huskies forward Justin Holiday has been cleared to play tonight after exhibiting concussion symptoms from a collision with USC post Alex Stepheson, as posted on UW's Facebook page.

Good news for the...
Good news for the Huskies as Justin Holiday has been cleared to play tonight against WSU. He and his teammates looked sharp today at shootaround.

After being mired in so much bad news, this is at least a brief moment of relief and there's probably little need to explain the implications of this announcement.

First, with guard Venoy Overton already suspended for the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament, the Huskies couldn't afford to lose another player at the top of their rotation.

Second, Holiday is a key defender who will be responsible for stopping Washington State star Klay Thompson tonight, to the extent possible.

Third, as one of the team's better 3-point shooters (39.2 percent) a team that is struggling to hit shots absolutely needs as many of their top shooters on the floor as possible.