The Celtics, slowly but surely, may be inching their way back to full strength (outside of Gordon Hayward) on the health front after a rough week. One day after Al Horford returned to the court, the team announced Monday that Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) made the trip with his teammates to New York for Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
The Celtics officially list Irving as questionable for the contest, but there is clearly a strong chance he will be playing since this is the only game of the team's road trip. The All-Star was fitted for a facial mask over the weekend after taking an accidental elbow from Aron Baynes during Friday's win over the Hornets. Shams Charania of the Vertical reported over the weekend that Irving is expected to wear the mask for two weeks to protect the fracture.
Unlike some other players who have struggled adjusting to a protective mask, (see Jonas Jerebko last season), Irving has actually thrived in his stints as a masked man.