Kyrie Irving Wears Protective Mask, Posts Career High in MSG

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Kyrie Irving Wears Protective Mask, Posts Career High in MSG
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Kyrie Irving isn't the only guy who's been forced to wear a protective mask while on the floor. He isn't even the only Cleveland Cavalier, joining the already-masked Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson to form the most facially accessorized trio in the NBA (via Fred Kerber of the New York Post):

No, he's not the only one, but he might be the only one who makes it look good.

Photo Credit: @MikePradaSBN,

Irving was also busy making the Cavaliers look good, scoring a career-high 41 points en route to a narrow loss against the New York Knicks (via Moke Hamilton): 

Yep, the same Kyrie Irving kid who just posted 28 points and 11 assists in a win against the Lakers a few days ago. If you weren't already sold on the 2011-12 rookie of the year, the time has most assuredly come.

Irving's Cavs didn't prevail vs. NYC, but Irving did his part.

It was a fitting performance for a guy who looked like he was ready to save the day (via Michael Mayer):

Like last season's Kobe Bryant and others before him, Irving is taking his new gear in stride so far (via NBA Guru):

Irving sustained the fracture when he was fouled by Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute, landing his face on the hardwood and quickly realizing just how hard that floor was. Cleveland's star point guard was clearly in pain at first, but he remained in the game anyway.

Kyrie with a towel on that jaw after suffering the break against Milwaukee.

Needless to say, Irving is proving he's an All-Star in more ways than one.

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