Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving left 66 seconds into his preseason debut against the Lakers with a face injury.
It didn’t take too long for Kyrie Irving to leave his Brooklyn Nets preseason debut. The star point guard, who inked a four-year deal with Brooklyn this past Summer, exited the exhibition matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers 66 seconds after tip-off.
Irving was inadvertently hit in the face by Lakers veteran guard Rajon Rondo. He was wearing a mask on his face in order to protect a fracture.
Kyrie’s preseason debut only lasted a minute.
Nets PG took a shot to the face while wearing mask to protect a fracture. pic.twitter.com/gCB3kDJisf
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) October 10, 2019
It’s unclear what the extent will be to Irving’s injury. Hopefully, it’s not as serious as it could be. The team is already dealing with an injury to another one of their recently-signed superstars. Kevin Durant doesn’t expect to play this upcoming season after rupturing his Achilles in June’s NBA Finals.
Fans expect Irving to lead this Nets team, a squad that was eliminated in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last Spring by the Philadelphia 76ers. Irving will without a doubt need support from weapons such as Dinwiddie, Prince, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen, and DeAndre Jordan. The Nets recently signed the latter to a four-year deal this Summer.
The Nets will face the Lakers again on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET at the Shenzhen Dayun Arena in Shenzhen, China.