Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving takes questions from reporters during a news conference at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Canton, Mass. | AP Photo/Steven Senne

Celtics' Irving says he plans to play at Nets, wear mask
(Associated Press) - November 15, 2017 - 1:32am

NEW YORK — Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he plans to play Tuesday night at Brooklyn (Wednesday in Manila) 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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