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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving just had a facial injury and he has officially been listed as “doubtful” on the Celtics game against the Raptors on Sunday. He will reportedly return to action on Tuesday when his team faces the Hornets.
The Boston Celtics guard was hit on the face by his Australian teammate, Aron Baynes, who was defending Kemba Walker. The Hornets point guard was fouled by the center but accidentally smacked Irving on the face, who then collapsed to the ground.
The rolling Celtics are already without Al Horford, who suffered a concussion but was listed as “probable against the Toronto, said ESPN. They also lost All-Star forward Gordon Hayward for the season when he broke his ankle during the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Celtics guard Terry Rozier said they have seen a lot of injuries in the past few weeks. But they are always ready.
“We’ve been preaching next man up forever,” he said. “You just never know in this league when your number is going to be called. We did a good job handling that.”
The Celtics have won 11 in a row and are first in the Eastern Conference with just two losses. The team topped the league in defense allowing just 94 points per 100 possessions.
When he does return on Tuesday, Irving will likely wear a face mask, said the report, a device he’s familiar with all too well.
Back in 2013, Irving also wore a protective face mask when he broke his nose while he was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2012, he was again forced to wear the gear after breaking a bone on his face.
On Dec. 15, 2012, in his first game while wearing the mask, Irving wasn’t seem bothered as he scored 41 points on 15-25 field goals, including five three pointers.
Irving is averaging 20.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season.