It was a rough night for Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. He took an inadvertent elbow in the face from a fellow teammate early in the first quarter of Friday night’s 90-87 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The injury happened when Aron Baynes of the Celtics hit Irving while he was trying to defend a Kemba Walker shot attempt. After he had fouled Walker on a drive, Baynes spun to box out and totally by accident, his right elbow smashed Irving, who immediately collapsed on to the floor clutching his face.
Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game, that Irving went home at halftime but texted the team congratulating it for its 11th straight win.
He added that Irving has not been diagnosed with a concussion but will be monitored for symptoms moving forward and the team would of course follow concussion protocol if needed.