Posted January 30, 2013

In Focus: Masked men of Cleveland

In Focus
Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving adjusts his clear protective mask. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Eagle

On Dec. 14, Kyrie Irving sustained a facial fracture against the Bucks, forcing him to don a protective mask while on the floor. In doing so, he joined fellow masked teammates Tyler Zeller (broken cheekbone) and Tristan Thompson (nasal fracture). Here’s a look at the three of them in action.

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Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson boxes out Al Horford. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller glances up at the scoreboard prior to a game. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller

Raymond Felton (center) drives between two masked Cavs. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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Kyrie Irving

Irving, in his ‘Dark Knight’ mask, drives by Jason Kidd. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving

Thompson (left) and Irving exchange tips on how to keep their masks pristine. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

2 comments
grumpy1
grumpy1

They have to wear these masks to protect themselves in this "none contact" sport. The NBA has ruined basketball.

S712399
S712399

Three people having to wear masks? Wow.