Celtics' Irving says he plans to play at Nets, wear mask

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

The Boston Celtics keep on chugging along.

That's because guard Kyrie Irving, who missed most of Friday's victory over the Hornets and all of Sunday's game due to a facial fracture suffered on an Aron Baynes elbow to the face in the first quarter last Friday, will travel with the team and has officially been upgraded to "questionable" for their head-to-head with the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

The Celtics will have Kyrie Irving back on Tuesday night as they go for their 13th straight win. It'll mark the third time in his career that Irving will be required to play with a protective mask - he did it for two extended stints during his time with the Cavs - so it's not like this is uncharted waters for the 25-year-old, even if it's not the most comfortable thing in the world. Coach Brad Stevens said earlier that he, too, was planning on Irving playing tonight. "But if not, we'll adjust accordingly". He also wore a mask in 2012, after fracturing his jaw while playing for Cleveland.

Irving dodged further trouble when, after two days of observation, members of the Celtics medical staff determined that the star point guard hadn't suffered a concussion.

The Celtics enter Tuesday's game against the Nets riding a 12-game winning streak.

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