Nets' Kyrie Irving takes elbow to face during pickup game

By Drew Nantais 25 September 2019 6
Nets' Kyrie Irving takes elbow to face during pickup game

Nets guard Kyrie Irving took an elbow to the face during a pickup game at practice on Tuesday morning, according to the New York Daily News.

The incident prompted Irving to visit a doctor; Nets coach Kenny Atkinson accompanied him on the visit.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks, who witnessed the injury, said the team’s just doing its due diligence regarding Irving’s visit with the doctor.

“Kyrie gets checked out like everybody else,” Marks said, via the Daily News. “We always send staff with them [to the doctor] and this is a great opportunity for Kenny to be with him.”

Marks declined to give further details regarding Irving’s injury.

This isn’t Irving’s first run in with this type of injury. The 27-year-old suffered a minor facial fracture playing for the Celtics in November 2017 after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face during a game. Irving also broke his jaw in December 2012 while playing for the Cavaliers.

Along with Kevin Durant, Irving was one of two big-time additions the Nets made during free agency. Irving signed a four-year, $141 million deal in the offseason while Durant signed a four-year, $164 million deal.

The Nets hope Irving’s injury isn’t serious enough to sideline him for too long as they’ll already be without Durant, who’s expected to miss the upcoming season after tearing his Achilles in June during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Brooklyn opens the regular season Oct. 23 against the Timberwolves. 

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