By now, we are all aware that Kyrie Irving has suffered a minor facial fracture after being elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes on Friday night. Irving will be playing with a protective face mask for about two weeks moving forward.
This is nothing new for the NBA superstar. In 2012, Irving busted his jaw and had to wear a mask. In the debut game of wearing said mask, Kyrie Irving dropped 41 points, a career-high at the time, shooting 15-25 from the field. However, there has been plenty more to base this "Kyrie plays well in a mask" theory on. The MSG 41-point game gets all the hype, but there have been multiple Irving outbursts in a mask.
Now, Irving only wore that iconic black-colored mask for that one game. But during that 19-game stretch in 2012, Irving averaged 25 points per game. Noting, he had another 40-point night in the mix.
You thought I was done? Nope. Irving also wore a protective mask in 2013. During that period he averaged near 24 points and 8.5 assists per game. Also noting that he had a 39-point outing and a 40-point point outing in the midst of all of it.
The combo of "Kyrie Irving and The Mask" has been great in the past. Irving is now a far more talented and mature player. We shall see how he does wearing the protective mask this time around, and also what color... my vote... Celtic green.
Irving is averaging 20 points and 5 assists right now, do those numbers go up when he slips on the superhero/villain mask?
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Irving has had MULTIPLE 40-point or more nights in a mask, as well as a 39-point night.