Kyrie Irving Injury: Celtics Star Suffered Minor Facial Fracture Vs. Hornets

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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a minor facial fracture and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors, the team announced on Saturday. After fouling Walker on a drive, Baynes spun to box out, and his right elbow smashed Irving, who collapsed to the floor clutching his face. He got 16 points - including a pair of huge stretch buckets - from rookie Jayson Tatum. But the bigger drop is at the foul line, where Lowry is taking less than two free throws per game (1.5) after attempting 6.1 in 2016/17.

Celtics big man Aron Baynes hit Irving while trying to defend a Kemba Walker shot attempt in the first quarter of Friday's game.

Kyrie Irving didn't score in the two minutes he spent on the court against the Hornets. He was monitored for a potential concussion.

DeMar DeRozan had 33 points and eight assists in the win, as coach Dwane Casey experiments with a deeper rotation. "We've got some guys who are playing equally; nobody's really stepped up above anybody else".

Obviously, that was a different Boston team.

The Celtics (11-2) have erased 18-point deficits twice during the winning streak.

"We have a lot of fight, tenacity is high, defense is high", Boston's Marcus Morris said.

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