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John Karalis: Al Horford and Josh Richardson are officially available tonight, per the Celtics
Mark Murphy: Per Ime Udoka: Jaylen Brown will play tonight. Romeo Langford (calf) and Al Horford (groin) are out.
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are both questionable tonight, per the Celtics. Romeo Langford is doubtful.
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.
Ky Carlin: Al Horford is out warming up pregame. He remains a game time decision for today. #Sixers pic.twitter.com/FW2MH6OXvT
Derek Bodner: Al Horford will play against the Nets.
Serena Winters: Al Horford is questionable for #Sixers #Nets with a left hand sprain.
Gary Washburn: Al Horford has completed his pre-game workout and looks ready to go. #Celtics #Pacers pic.twitter.com/QwdGjlgM0z
John Karalis: Al Horford is officially good to go tonight
Sean Grande: As of 5:07pm, Al Horford will play tonight. He will go through his regular pre-game routine and decide.
Tom Westerholm: Does Nate McMillan expect Al Horford to play? “I do.”
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are officially available tonight vs Orlando, per the team. Terry Rozier and Guerschon Yabusele are questionable.
Brian Robb: Per team, Jaylen Brown (back) is doubtful for tomorrow night. Terry Rozier is questionable due to illness. Al Horford probable with knee soreness.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Marcus Morris (knee soreness) is OUT, while Jaylen Brown (back spasms) is DOUBTFUL vs Pacers. Al Horford is probable with knee soreness.
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 Forsberg: Only player on injury report for Celtics vs Miami is Al Horford (knee soreness, probable). Should be at full strength against Heat.
Joe Vardon: Jayson Tatum and Al Horford will play for the Celtics tonight, Brad Stevens said
Chris Grenham: Celtics officially announce that Baynes and Hayward are available tonight.
Sean Grande: Al Horford is fine, his issue Saturday was an “anomaly” according to Brad Stevens.
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
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens said Horford will miss 3 or 4 games over the final 12 for precautionary reasons.
Jared Weiss: Stevens says Horford’s knee felt off coming into the game and that’s why he went back to the locker room. But Horford said it felt better later in the game.
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.”
Jay King: Brad Stevens on Al Horford: “You take a lot of comfort out of having him on the floor. It’s nice to have him back.”
Jared Weiss: Stevens says Al Horford was on a 20 minute limit tonight.
Scott Souza: Al Horford and Marcus Morris both officially back in #Celtics starting lineup tonight. Gordon Hayward & Semi Ojeleye coming off the bench.
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.
Jared Weiss: Al Horford and Yabu remain out tonight per Celtics.
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.
Brian Robb: Al Horford has patellar tendinitis. Team could take it slow with his return according to Brad Stevens.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Al Horford OUT tonight; Aron Baynes better but not enough to play; no high ankle sprain for Guerschon Yabusele, but will be out a couple of weeks.
Tom Westerholm: No Al Horford and no Gordon Hayward tonight, per the Celtics.
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: Al Horford says he won’t play tonight.
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.
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.
Adam Himmelsbach: Cs say Al Horford is sitting out tonight due to a sprained right wrist.
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.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Al Horford expects to play tomorrow night vs the #Warriors.
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.
Steve Bulpett: Horford says he’s playing tonight.
Chris Forsberg: Al Horford (concussion) has been upgraded to probable vs. Toronto.
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.
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