X-ray inconclusive after Kyrie Irving exits with facial injury

May 11, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) fouls Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving left the Nets’ Tuesday game against the Chicago Bulls early in the third quarter with a facial contusion after a hard collision under the basket.

An X-ray was “inconclusive,” and he was scheduled to have another Wednesday morning, coach Steve Nash said.

With about 10 minutes remaining, Irving took a hard shot to the face from Chicago center Nikola Vucevic’s left elbow as both players jockeyed for a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Blake Griffin. Irving was down on the sideline for a few minutes before walking to the locker room.

Before departing, Irving scored 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting in just over 20 minutes in the Nets’ 115-107 win.

Irving is averaging 27.2 points on 50.3 percent shooting in 52 games this season. In his first season with Brooklyn, 2019-20, Irving was limited to 20 games due to shoulder injuries and averaged 27.4 points.

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