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Nets guard Kyrie Irving suffered a left side facial fracture during a pickup game on Tuesday, the team announced. The Nets say Irving is day-to-day. Training camp begins Saturday.
Irving was hurt by an inadvertent elbow during a pickup game at the Nets' facility.
The Nets' first preseason game is October 4. Irving's availability for that game is unclear. He could - and likely will - play with a protective mask, as he did during his stints in Boston and Cleveland.
This training camp is Irving's first opportunity to play in a formal setting with teammates, so any time missed due to injury is less than ideal. But GM Sean Marks didn't seem overly concerned with the injury when discussing it with reporters on Tuesday.
And he pointed out that Irving has spent plenty of time around his new teammates during informal workouts and pickup games at the Nets facility.
The GM praised Irving for 'religiously' participating in those pickup games.
"The leadership, the work ethic and the competitive nature that he has brought to the group has been terrific," Marks said.