The New York Knicks, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference, welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, where the Knicks have yet to lose.
Cleveland's star point guard, who only recently returned after missing 11 games with a broken finger, fractured a bone in his jaw when he took a hard fall in Friday night's loss at Milwaukee.
Irving did not travel with the Cavs to New York so he could be fitted with a protective mask that he will wear in Saturday's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Irving was injured on a nasty fall in the first quarter Friday, but returned to the game and scored 26 points in a 90-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Friday's game was just the third back for Irving since breaking his left index finger. Cleveland was just 2-9 without the point guard on the floor.
This is the latest in an ever-growing list of injuries for Irving. He broke his hand over the summer after hitting a padded wall during a practice in Las Vegas, and missed 15 games last season with a concussion and shoulder injury.