John Karalis: Al Horford (back) and Jayson Tatum (knee)…

John Karalis: Al Horford (back) and Jayson Tatum (knee) are out tonight. Marcus Smart is probable with a right ankle sprain. Robert Williams and Nik Stauskas remain out as well

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Horford, under contract for two more seasons, will remain a member of the Thunder and will continue to train at the team’s facility. Coach Mark Daigneault said Horford is unlikely to travel for away games. "When I arrived, I understood the direction of the team, we had a great individual plan in place for me, and I feel like as a result I’ve played really good basketball for the Thunder," Horford said in a statement. "At the same time, I know what it’s like to be a young, aspiring player, and at this point in the season I understand how important playing meaningful minutes is for their careers and their development."
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Gary Washburn: Al Horford has completed his pre-game workout and looks ready to go. #Celtics #Pacers pic.twitter.com/QwdGjlgM0z
Sean Grande: As of 5:07pm, Al Horford will play tonight. He will go through his regular pre-game routine and decide.
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are officially available tonight vs Orlando, per the team. Terry Rozier and Guerschon Yabusele are questionable.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is out with back spasms that flared this morning before shootaround. Says it’s not a long-term concern, expects him back in “couple days." Al Horford will play.
Chris Grenham: Celtics officially announce that Baynes and Hayward are available tonight.
Chris Grenham: Gordon Hayward is officially out tonight due to the concussion protocol. Robert Williams is sick and also out, while Al Horford is available, per the team.
John Karalis: Celtics announce Gordon Hayward is now in the NBA Concussion Protocol and it doubtful vs. Denver. Al Horford is probable with a sore level knee. Robert Williams is sick and listed as questionable
Jay King: Al Horford said his knee felt good tonight. Called the time off “very helpful.” “It’s just good to be back. Sitting on the sidelines is tough.”
Matt Velazquez: Brad Stevens confirms Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are all out tonight. Those three have all spent time guarding Giannis in the past, leaving Semi Ojeleye as one of the only C’s left with experience regularly covering him. Should make things interesting tonight.
Mark Murphy: Horford will miss his fifth straight game tonight due to patellar tendinitis. According to Stevens, Horford's next test will come during Tuesday's practice.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Al Horford's potential return from patellofemoral pain syndrome: There is a target time frame but we’re not going to really talk about it. Because we don’t necessarily want to be quick in this. We’ve got to be right in this.
Boston Celtics center Al Horford will miss "at least a few games" after being diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee, coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday. The Celtics also said Gordon Hayward, who has been dealing with an illness, won't play Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards. The 32-year-old Horford, who is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for the Celtics this season, has missed the past two games after a 19-point, 12-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Thursday. "This is one of those things that it just wasn't getting better," Horford said, according to the Celtics' official Twitter account.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics’ injury report for Washington includes Baynes and Horford (both questionable) and Hayward (doubtful with his illness). No Kyrie, however, which is a good sign.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Al Horford said he's been dealing with knee issue about a month, but it flared up after Knicks game on Thursday. Said he tested it today but it's still not where he needs to be to play.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Al Horford said professional in him wanted to be out with team tonight w/ C's shorthanded, but added it's best to be cautious. Horford still talking "days" more than longer when talking about returning from patella tendinitis.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes and Al Horford questionable, Guerschon Yabusele out tomorrow against New Orleans. The Pelicans about to tip off in Detroit, front-end of a back-to-back.
Mark Murphy: Horford rode an exercise bike and then tried to warm up on the court, but said his left knee was too sore. An MRI taken of the knee recently was negative. "No structural damage," he said.
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.
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.
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There’s good reason for pessimism, Durant’s ultimatum to Nets owner Joe Tsai did not light a fire under trade talks. If anything, it made it far less likely a deal gets done in the short term. — why would Boston improve its offer now? It robbed the Nets of leverage. For example, Brooklyn was trying to get Boston to put Smart in the trade, but why would they even consider it now? That said, even without Smart (or Robert Williams III, sources told NBC Sports he is not available), a Celtics offer with Jaylen Brown may be the best one the Nets will see.
Ric Bucher: I’ve been assured that this is correct in spite of another report that says it never happened. And that’s as far as I’ll go with that, too. I’m not going to punch down. Ben Simmons was in a group chat with some of the other teams players. And on it, they asked Ben if he was playing in game four. And not only did he not answer, he dropped out of the chat. Now, as I said, there’s another reporter out there who suggested the event never happened. I’m well aware that that reporter has, let’s say he has vested interests in painting things a certain way. And again, I will leave it at that his comments prompted me to go back and double check with my source. And that source insists that it did indeed happen, and explain why someone might report it another way. So I’m sticking with it.
Patrick Beverley is not one to whine about getting moved from one team to another. The Utah Jazz guard recently addressed claims from fans about how the Minnesota Timberwolves “did him wrong when in fact that sentiment goes completely against how he views and interprets his offseason fate. Here’s Patrick Beverley going full Jay-Z, referencing the GOAT’s “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” bar in explaining why he is thankful to the Timberwolves franchise.
Still, Caleb Canales’ decision to leave the NBA and coach in Mexico is not without risk. Broadening his experience on an international stage could help him get back to the league and to the job of his dreams, but his leap of faith could also be ignored. Despite a growing stable of foreign-born superstars and the NBA’s expansion to new markets overseas, the league has been slow to embrace coaches with international experience. European champions like David Blatt and Igor Kokoskov came and went last decade, as did successful foreign-born assistants like Etore Messina. “The coaching side, you always have to be ready to adapt and adjust,” Canales says.
While skepticism may remain in some NBA circles regarding the value of international coaching experience, there’s no doubt the league is putting effort in to diversify its coaching ranks overall. As of the 2022 offseason, half the league is led by Black head coaches. Nash and Kerr were born outside the U.S., and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is Filipino-American. Canales credits the work of David Fogel, executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, and Karen Marrero, its director of communications, for things improving over the last few seasons. “They’ve been so creative, and they’ve been so willing to help us, as coaches,” he stresses, highlighting the coaching profiles as well as a newly deployed coaches database the NBCA has set up to assist teams in finding and hiring talent outside the same small coaching pool.