Kyrie (facial fracture) plans to play vs. Nets


The Boston Celtics are planning for point guard Kyrie Irving to play Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets after missing their last game with a facial fracture.

Irving participated in the Celtics’ shootaround Tuesday morning and told reporters that he plans to wear a mask for Boston’s game in Brooklyn.

“It’s gonna be pain tolerance, comfort with the mask,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “All that stuff — that’s between him and our medical staff. He went through everything this morning.”

Irving suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets when he inadvertently was elbowed in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. He did not play in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

It will mark the third time in his career that Irving will wear a mask for a game.

“I just want to keep this thing (my face) as pretty as possible, but it’s getting tougher and tougher the more aggressive I play,” Irving said.

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