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During an exclusive interview with, Horford opened up about how dealing with a concussion has been an eye-opening experience on many levels. “It’s definitely tough,” he told me just prior to Friday’s game. “This whole time in general has been hard for me. Just because I’m learning like everybody else is about having a concussion. I never thought it was something that, that serious. But now I’m finding out. It’s really made me be more patient; I have to be.”
1 year ago via ESPN

Celtics big man Al Horford said he plans to travel with the team on a two-game road trip that starts Saturday night in Indiana with hopes of returning to game action after being sidelined for nearly two weeks due to a concussion. Horford, who has slowly navigated the NBA’s return-to-action protocol, missed his fourth straight game with Friday’s visit from the New York Knicks. He engaged in an individual workout before Friday’s game and is encouraged by his recent progress. “I’ve been banged in the head before, but nothing like this,” said Horford, who was reluctant to get into the specifics of the injury or his recovery.

Stevens did cut his team some slack, noting that Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Marcus Smart haven’t been on the court together at the start of the season, and that does nothing to help team chemistry and rhythm on the court, not to mention spacing. “Losing guys out of our lineups, obviously Jae and Al and Marcus — we haven’t had all three of those guys in one game; those are three of our best defenders. “But the reality is that even with that, even with the idea that one, two, or three of those guys are out at once, that we should be better than we’ve been. I don’t think the group that’s played will necessarily be, especially with the group that we had out last night, I don’t think we’re going to be a top-10 defense. But we can be 12th or 13th, right at the end of the season, that’s for sure.”
1 year ago via ESPN

One week after Boston Celtics big man Al Horford suffered a concussion during an off-day practice, coach Brad Stevens said the 10th-year veteran has not progressed in the NBA’s concussion protocol and he is uncertain when Horford will return to basketball activities. Horford, who signed a four-year, $113 million contract with the Celtics over the summer, has missed Boston’s past three games. The concussion was diagnosed Tuesday, after he experienced nausea while attempting to practice a day after absorbing an inadvertent blow to the head from a teammate.

The 6-foot-10 forward is in the NBA’s concussion protocol program and will not play Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets. The sight of him on a treadmill is indeed a positive step and is part of the many hoops and hurdles Horford must go through before he’s allowed to return to action. “Al’s getting better,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “He’s going to be out on the court a little bit today. If everything goes well today, then we’ll up his activity tomorrow (Sunday) but he will not be cleared to play by game time.”

The Celtics will be without Al Horford for Wednesday night’s game at TD Garden against the Bulls, as the center was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol program. According to the team, Horford was hit in the head during Monday’s practice, although he did not show any concussion symptoms on Monday night or Tuesday morning. During Tuesday’s practice, Horford started to show symptoms, so he was removed from the court and examined by team physicians. He was placed in the concussion protocol program Tuesday night.
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