Kyrie Irvin
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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.


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.

The Nets ousted the Lakers during the matchup held in Shanghai, China by a score of 114-111. Leading scorers for Brooklyn were Spencer Dinwiddie with 20 points and Taurean Prince with 18.

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.

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