The next time Kyrie Irving takes the court, he might be wearing a mask to protect his face from any inadvertent elbows.
Whether Irving's next appearance will be Tuesday when the Boston Celtics visit the Brooklyn Nets is unknown since the point guard is listed as questionable.
Irving is traveling with the team so there's a decent chance he will play. Whether it's Irving or Marcus Smart starting at point guard, the Celtics will attempt to continue winning and produce their 11th streak of at least 13 games in team history.
"We're not going to make up for Kyrie Irving by somebody trying to be Kyrie Irving," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "We just have to all chip in and account for him as a team."
The Celtics last won 13 in a row from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22, 2010, when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were on a team that put together 14 straight victories. The team record is 19 set from Nov. 15 to Dec. 23, 2008, though talk about the streak isn't ongoing in the locker room, according to Stevens.
"I haven't heard any of the guys talk about (the streak)," Stevens said. "Certainly, we're (the coaching staff) not talking about it." >> Read more
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