October 5, 2019, 9:13 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kenny Atkinson said that Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) will play against the Lakers on Thursday.
Irving was expected to be ready by opening night anyway but this is even better. The swelling had gone down enough for him to practice on Tuesday with a mask and he should be good to go going forward. There is no word on how long he will be playing with the mask but it is not something new to him as he has done so in both Boston and Cleveland. The game against the Lakers will take place in China where the teams will play a two-game set.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter