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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has suffered a fracture to the left side of his face and is day-to-day, the team announced.
Irving suffered the injury during a morning pickup game Tuesday morning when he took an inadvertent elbow to the head. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson accompanied Irving to the doctor, general manager Sean Marks told reporters.
“I wouldn’t want to speculate at all,” Marks said of Irving’s injury Tuesday. “I think this is just a case of doing due diligence. Kyrie goes and gets checked out like we’d do with anyone else, and we always send staff with them. This is a great opportunity for Kenny to be with him, too.”
Irving, 27, signed with the Nets this offseason after two seasons with the Boston Celtics. The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 23.8 points and a career-high 6.9 assists in 67 games last season.
The downside to Irving is he has a long history of being injury-prone. Marks downplayed any concern.
“I think this is a case of us being cautious with all our guys,” Mark said. “A stray, inadvertent elbow playing pickup games — yes, I did see it — those type of plays happen frequently in the same game. This is just a case where he caught the elbow and now we’re going to do our due diligence.”