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Kyrie Irving plans to play vs. Nets with a mask

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NEW YORK -- A facial fracture will only sideline Kyrie Irving for one game, as the All-Star point guard went through Tuesday's shootaround with the Celtics and intends to return to action for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

"It's alright," Irving said of his injury. "Just trying to get your peripheral version just to stay the same, understanding you’ve got a piece of plastic on your face. That’s about it."

The 25-year-old took a elbow from Aron Baynes in the first quarter of Friday's win over the Hornets but does not feel any ill will towards his teammate for the collision. In fact, Irving put some of the blame on himself for getting in the line of fire.

"He was trying to go for the shot, the block on Kemba Walker," Irving said. "And I should have just sent him to the big and gotten out of the play. It’s more or less onus on my end. Just getting out of the way. I shouldn’t be down there anyway.”

Irving has actually thrived in his stints as a masked man throughout his NBA career. The 25-year-old wore one for a month back in 2012 after breaking his jaw. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range in that span over 19 games, averaging 24.5 points and 5.7 assists per contest. Irving also had a four-game stint with a mask at the start of the 2013-14 season (broken nose) and had similar success (23.5 points and 8.3 assists per game) there.