Tom Westerholm: Lengthy injury list for the Celtics tonight, which includes Gordon Hayward (out with ankle soreness) and Terry Rozier (questionable with knee soreness). Looks like Al Horford is good to go.
Jay King: Al Horford has a sprained wrist. Doesn’t sound like it’ll force him to miss any real games, but he’s out tonight.
Sean Grande: Marcus Morris and Al Horford will both return tonight. Jaylen Brown (toe) will play. Shane Larkin (ill) is out.
Abby Chin: #Celtics announce Al Horford is out for tonight’s game against the #Pacers because of illness. So, no Jaylen and no Al.
Chris Mannix: Al Horford out tonight vs. the Clippers. Brad Stevens says he does not have a concussion, but team wants to "observe him" for a couple of days.
Jay King: Al Horford's here at Staples Center despite being out tonight. PR requested no camera lights during his pregame interview.
Brian Robb: Horford said left knee is the issue. Hurt it last night, wasn't sure which play. He says he's day to day.
Sean Grande: Al Horford is back. The "regular" Irving, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Baynes starting lineup tonight against Utah.
Sean Grande: Unless something happens in warmups. Jayson Tatum will play tonight. Al Horford is out. So, there you go.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Danny Ainge said Al Horford’s current concussion doesn’t appear to be as bad as the one that sidelined him for nine games last season.
A. Sherrod Blakely: BREAKING NEWS: Al Horford (concussion) will miss tonight’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the Celtics lost to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, Ainge said that Horford had been playing through nagging elbow pain since suffering a sprain in March. The forward says he feels better now, though, and is looking forward to starting this possibility-filled season. “I’m doing good,” Horford said. “The time off always helps. I’m doing well, just working. I’m trying to get better, get stronger.”
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport: Avery Bradley (hamstring) returns tonight, but Al Horford (elbow) and Jonas Jerebko (flu) are out.
Jay King: Horford should be back "sooner rather than later," per Stevens. But still no timeline. He's supposed to shoot for first time today.
Adam Himmelsbach: Al Horford says he doesn't have a timetable for his return. Hurt elbow blocking a shot vS LAL and is getting around-the-clock treatment.
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.
January 18, 2022 | 9:00 pm EST Update
Brian Robb: Celtics acquiring an injured Bol Bol and PJ Dozier is effectively a salary dump for the present. Allows team to cut about $4 million in salary (avoiding tax territory) and maybe get a look at some intriguing young guys once they get healthy. Assume 2nd round pick sent out too.
Groundbreaking basketball star Lusia Harris, the only woman to be drafted by an NBA team, has died at the age of 66. Harris’ family announced Tuesday that she died unexpectedly earlier in the day in her home state of Mississippi.
Harris was selected by the New Orleans Jazz in the seventh round (137th overall) of the 1977 NBA draft. However, she declined to try out for the team. Only later was it revealed that she was pregnant at the time.
January 18, 2022 | 8:48 pm EST Update
The Lakers are trying to find help, though their option appear limited. According to people with knowledge of the situation, the team is shopping 21-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker in trade discussions. Rival general managers believe the Lakers value Horton-Tucker, but they lack the mid-range contracts needed to put together a deal to upgrade their roster and understand no significant trade is getting made without him.