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Kyrie Irving exits Nets-Lakers after taking a Rajon Rondo shot to face

Kyrie Irving exits Nets-Lakers after taking a Rajon Rondo shot to face

If you believe bad omens come in the form of elbows to the face, then you don't have a good feeling about Kyrie Irving right now.

The All-Star point guard made his Brooklyn Nets debut Thursday morning in a preaseason matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, China.

It lasted all of 66 seconds, as Irving caught an elbow from Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo directly in the face.

This is the second facial injury Irving has suffered with Brooklyn, as he suffered a facial fracture in late September after being elbowed during a pickup game and was wearing a protective mask Thursday as a result.

Needless to say, he wasn't happy about this stroke of bad luck.

Boston Celtics fans who watched the 27-year-old divide the 2018-19 C's before bolting to Brooklyn may say Irving's injury is karma (especially since another ex-Celtic, Rondo, delivered the blow).

There's no update on his injury yet, but the Nets, already without Kevin Durant for the entire season, will be hoping their other prized free agent acquisition won't have to miss time after an unfortunate beginning with his new club.

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Rajon Rondo compares Anthony Davis to former Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett

Rajon Rondo compares Anthony Davis to former Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett

Rajon Rondo is entering his second season as a Laker, and as weird as that is for Celtics fans everywhere, he gave us a reminder talking with Rachel Nichols Saturday. 

When asked about his newest teammate Anthony Davis, Rondo compared him to a former Celtics running mate in future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. 

Rondo and Davis played together in New Orleans two seasons ago and made it to the Western Conference semifinals after sweeping the Blazers in dominant fashion. Rondo and Davis were an unstoppable duo in that series, and the Lakers will surely be hoping to recapture some of that magic this season. 

Davis has drawn comparisons to Garnett in the past thanks to his all-around game at the power forward position, but it can't be pleasant for Boston fans to hear any of this, especially because Davis was a potential trade target for the Celtics before he declared he would never re-sign with the franchise. 

Davis will join Rondo, LeBron James and another former Celtic in Avery Bradley to form one of the best teams in the NBA in 2019-20. While they won't be the best team in their own city, the Lakers should still be a serious contender in the Western Conference. 

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Evan Turner picks his all-time Boston Celtics starting lineup

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Evan Turner picks his all-time Boston Celtics starting lineup

For a storied franchise like the Boston Celtics, it's borderline impossible to assemble the organization's "all-time" starting five. There always will be a select few legendary C's players who get snubbed.

So to send the Internet into a frenzy, NBA TV asked the Twitterverse to pick its all-time C's lineup while only being able to spend 15 points. The players and their point values go as follows:

5 points: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Paul Pierce.
3 points: Kevin Garnett, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, Tommy Heinsohn.
1 point: Rajon Rondo, Sam Jones, Robert Parish, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker.

Ex-Celtic Evan Turner decided to chime in with his go-to starting five, selecting Bird, Pierce, Garnett, Rondo, and Allen.

With it being so difficult to budget those precious 15 points, it's tough to disagree with Turner's picks. The Atlanta Hawks forward went with the 2008 championship lineup and simply replaced Kendrick Perkins with Larry Legend. The one mistake here may be taking Pierce over Russell, but we'll let it slide.

Speaking of legendary C's players, NBC Sports Boston's Celtics insiders A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg recently drafted their Olympic 3-on-3 basketball team from Boston's all-time roster. While you ponder who to spend your 15 points on, you can check that out here.

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