Irving plans to play with mask after facial fracture
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Irving plans to play with mask after facial fracture

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    Team personnel assist Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston on Nov. 10. Irving took an elbow to the face and left the game.

NEW YORK >> Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he plans to play tonight at Brooklyn after missing a game with a minor facial fracture.

Irving was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday early in a victory over Charlotte. He sat out Sunday when the Celtics beat Toronto for their 12th straight victory.

Irving will wear a mask on the court and says he may need to play in it for a couple of weeks. He has had to wear a mask before to protect injuries, and says he doesn’t like it but understands it is necessary for his safety.

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