The play went down at the 10:10 mark in the first quarter. Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker drove the lane to start the sequence. He floated a shot over Baynes with his right hand. Baynes turned his body and hit Irving directly in the face with his right arm when he was falling back to the floor.
Irving immediately felt the impact, throwing his body onto the court in pain. The Celtics guard grimaced in agony before holding his nose. He walked off the court with a towel pressed to his face, to absorb the bleeding.
Irving went to the locker room and did not return to the game. He was monitored for a possible concussion. The Celtics won the bout 90-87 for their 11th consecutive victory.
"We've been preaching next man up forever," Celtics guard Terry Rozier told reporters, according to the Boston Herald. "Lately, our team is dropping like flies. You just gotta be ready. Shane [Larkin] did a great job, stepping up, coming in today. You just never know in this league when your number is going to be called. We did a good job handling that."
Kyrie Irving down and bleeding on the court after taking a shot to the face from teammate Aron Baynes. pic.twitter.com/ygNvS1AY6V— Taylor C. Snow (@taylorcsnow) November 11, 2017
Irving did not score in the contest, missing his only shot attempt. He logged just one minute. Jayson Tatum and Larkin led Boston with 16 points apiece. Walker paced the Hornets, netting a game-high 20 points. He also had 11 assists.
🔊: Jaylen Brown moments after tonight’s comeback victory pic.twitter.com/cpr2zShz2E— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 11, 2017
The Celtics host the Toronto Raptors at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at TD Garden.