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Cavs' Irving to play with broken nose

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a broken nose in Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timbervolves but will continue to play.

Irving was diagnosed with a minimally displaced right nasal fracture after taking an elbow to the face from Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer in the first quarter. He left the game for X-rays but returned to the court in the second quarter.

The fracture was discovered during an examination at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday and Friday.

The All-Star is averaging 19.4 points and 6.9 assists this season but has struggled with his shooting, hitting 38.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers.

Last season, Irving continued to play while wearing a mask to protect a broken jaw.

The Cavaliers faced the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
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