Four-time All-star Kyrie Irving will be back in the Boston Celtics lineup tonight when they take on the Brooklyn Nets.
Irving did not play in Boston’s 95-94 win over Toronto on Sunday after suffering a facial fracture after getting hit with an accidental elbow to the right cheek by teammate Aron Baynes.
Speaking to reporters on the morning of Boston’s game against Brooklyn, Irving and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he will play with a mask on tonight.
The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.
Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA. He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed.
Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.
As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.
It's on to five-on-five work next month.
Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.