A. Sherrod Blakely: Al Horford (groin) back in starting lineup tonight for the @Celtics. Avery Bradley still out, may be back for Wednesday game.
Gary Washburn: Al Horford is OUT tonight with his strained groin. Did not make trip. #Celtics #Bucks.
During an exclusive interview with CSNNE.com, 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.”
Kyle Draper: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Jae Crowder and Al Horford will not play tonight vs #Warriors. Al and Jae will go on trip
Jeff Goodman: Celtics forward Al Horford will be a game-time decision against Golden State tonight, sources told ESPN. Jae Crowder not expected to play.
Chris Forsberg: Danny Ainge says on @Toucherandrich that he thinks it was Tyler Zeller's shoulder that concussed Al Horford in practice.
There’s still a chance that Al Horford will return to the Boston Celtics’ lineup for Wednesday’s game against Dallas, but the four-time All-star didn’t sound too optimistic. “On the court, times I’ve been on I felt good with my workouts,” Horford said after fully participating in Tuesday’s practice. “It’s just that to play, I’m just not there yet.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics forward Al Horford said he doesn't want to build expectations for Wednesday night return, hopes soon.
Scott Souza: #Celtics forward Al Horford: I'm literally taking it day-to-day ... At the end of the day, I have to be able to go out there & feel good.
Marc D'Amico: Brad Stevens says Al Horford (concussion) is "not quite ready to play" tonight in New Orleans. #NEBHInjuryReport
Mark Murphy: Al Horford was sent back to Boston once the medical staff determined he wouldn't be able to play tonight.
Horford has been sidelined since suffering a concussion on Oct. 31, but his return appears to be near. “I’m getting better each day, and the past two days have been really good for me,” Horford said. “I was able to get on the court a lot more and run up and down, do a lot of movement, a lot of stuff I wasn’t able to do a couple of days ago.”
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.”
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.
A. Sherrod Blakely: #Celtics HC Brad Stevens said Al Horford has not advanced in the concussion protocol program. His return remains up in the air.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), Jae Crowder (ankle), Al Horford (concussion) all out tonight.
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.
May 25, 2022 | 6:47 pm EDT Update
Multiple sources tell cleveland.com that the Cavs using the 39th pick — and that player making the roster — is a “50-50 proposition.” When it comes to the 56th selection, it’s highly likely a draft-and-stash international prospect — allowing Cleveland to control the player’s rights but not having him occupy a roster spot because of the team’s current number crunch.
When ESPN announced its new “NBA Countdown” crew in October, it said, “Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will frequently appear as an analyst and will join the team for marquee events throughout the regular season, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.” Johnson appeared on one show in early March. That’s it. From what we are told, he is not expected to be on during the Finals. He hasn’t been on any of ABC/ESPN’s marquee events.
ESPN provided a statement from Dave Roberts, the head of NBA and studio production for the network. “There have been unexpected scheduling conflicts as Magic continues to expand his business commitments,” Roberts said. “While our new ‘NBA Countdown’ team has been exceptional this season, we have a great relationship with Magic and the door is always open to work together.”
May 25, 2022 | 6:09 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: The Lakers interviewed former Blazers coach Terry Stotts for franchise’s head coaching job in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Two more assistants will meet with LA in near future — Golden State’s Kenny Atkinson and Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham.