new york (ap) boston point guard kyrie irving says he plans to play tuesday night 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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