Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving suffers facial fracture, out for Sunday's game

Al Horford returns to starting lineup after missing past two games in the NBA's concussion protocol

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has a broken bone in his face and will miss the Celtics’ matchup with the Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

The team called the fracture minor.

Irving left Friday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets in the first quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes. Irving was bleeding from the nose as he was escorted to the locker room.

Center Al Horford will return Sunday after missing two games in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

The Celtics have won 11 straight games, beating the Hornets on Friday night despite playing most of the game without Horford, Irving and Gordon Hayward.