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Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) will travel with team, could play vs. Nets

Ty Anderson
November 13, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Not that they really need it, with wins in 12 straight games, including a 95-94 nailbiter of a win over the Raptors on Sunday, but the Celtics could get a boost on Tuesday night.

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.

Clear of any concussion-like symptoms, Irving’s biggest obstacle to play through the minor fracture will come with a mask, for which he was fitted this past weekend. It will be Irving’s third time donning a protective mask, wearing an all-black, Batman-like one in 2012 against the Knicks because of a broken jaw, and again in 2013 with a broken nose.

“Masked Kyrie” has been a borderline legendary NBA producer in the past, too, with three games of at least 40 points, and some MVP-esque lines in 25 total games.

The 25-year-old Irving is averaging a Celtics-leading 20.3 points per game this season.

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