Kyrie Irving Doubtful vs. Raptors with Face Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 11, 2017

Team personnel assist Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Irving took an elbow to the face and left the game. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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The Boston Celtics could be without Kyrie Irving for Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden because of a minor facial fracture.

On Saturday, the team announced it officially listed Irving as doubtful after he suffered the injury during Friday's contest against the Charlotte Hornets.

Per Shams Charania of the Vertical, Irving will likely sit out against the Raptors and return to the lineup Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets with a fitted face mask he will use for two weeks.

Celtics center Aron Baynes inadvertently hit Irving in the face with an elbow during the first quarter against the Hornets. Irving didn't return, and the team announced he was being monitored for possible concussion symptoms.

Without Irving for most of the game, the Celtics still managed to win their 11th straight contest. They outscored the Hornets 49-30 in the second half for the 90-87 victory at home.

Irving is off to a strong start in his first season with the Celtics. The four-time All-Star leads the team with 20.3 points per game and ranks second with 5.2 assists per game.

The Celtics own the NBA's best record at 11-2 and will look to run their winning streak to 12 games when they host the 7-4 Raptors at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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