Kyrie Irving out of second China game after aggravating injury
The Brooklyn Nets have announced that Kyrie Irving will be held out of Saturday’s exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers in China after aggravating a facial fracture injury during preseason action earlier in the week.
Irving’s preseason action in China will be limited to just over one minute, as he was pulled from the Nets’ 114-111 win over the Lakers shortly after tipoff when he took an inadvertent elbow to the face from the Lakers’ Rajon Rondo.
The Nets point guard immediately motioned to the bench to get him off the court.
Kyrie took a shot to the face while wearing protective mask, leaves game and looks in pain on the bench pic.twitter.com/R5mlUpG778— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 10, 2019
Irving suffered the left-side facial fracture on Sept. 24 when he was elbowed in the face during a pickup game. He returned to practice the following week, but wore a protective face mask to prevent further injury.
Aggravating the injury this week has temporarily derailed the Nets’ goal of determining how well Irving is fitting in with his new teammates during preseason play.
The Nets presumably will play it safe with Irving and not rush him along too quickly as the facial fracture heals, especially given how he has previously dealt with these kind of injuries before in his career.
Irving also suffered a facial fracture during the 2017-18 season, and had to deal with an eye injury last season. In both instances, Irving donned a protective face mask during games.