Kyrie Irving to play in Celtics-Nets wearing mask

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Kyrie Irving joined the Celtics for their flight to NY yesterday, with the very real possibility that the point guard could return to action for tonight's game against Brooklyn.

Irving sustained a facial fracture when he was caught by the elbow of team-mate Aaron Baynes during Boston's 90-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Fans have always been high on Jaylen Brown's athleticism.

Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D'Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee.

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Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 22 points, Yogi Ferrell added 18, and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 15 points. He is also shooting 38.1 percent from the 3-point area.

Irving has been fitted for a protective mask, and it will be his second time playing with this kind of apparatus. He scored a then career-high 41 points in a loss at NY on December 15, 2012 while with Cleveland.

The Boston Celtics are in Brooklyn tonight, looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said: "It's going to be pain tolerance, comfort with the mask". Brooklyn will play Miami and Oklahoma City in December.