Celtics’ Irving says he plans to play at Nets, wear mask

Celtics’ Irving says he plans to play at Nets, wear mask
FILE - Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the National Anthem before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on October 30, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he plans to play Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) at Brooklyn after missing a game with a minor facial fracture.

Irving was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) 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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