WALTHAM, Mass. -- Al Horford’s progress through the NBA’s concussion protocol program appears to have hit a snag which puts his return to the Boston Celtics lineup on even more shaky ground.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said the 6-foot-10 Horford did not do anything on the floor with the team on Monday.
“He has not advanced in the (NBA) protocol from what I’m told,” Stevens said. “He did not do anything with our team today. Not advancing is telling that the symptoms have been at least prolonged through yesterday.”
This makes a Horford return on Wednesday at Washington doubtful at this time.
Horford, Boston’s prized offseason signing (four years, $113 million), has proven to be tough shoes to fill for the Celtics who have been without him for the last three games.
Tyler Zeller has done a decent job statistically, but he can not make up for all the intangibles and defense that Horford brings to the game. And it is defense, or rather lack of defense, that has been a major problem for the Celtics (3-3) who have dropped two straight.
Of course a Horford return would do wonders for helping a Celtics team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in a number of statistical categories.
In addition to Horford, the Celtics are also playing without Jae Crowder (left ankle) and Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) who are both close to returning but do not have a set date.
The Celtics return to action on Wednesday at Washington which will be the first game of a stretch in which they play three of their next four games on the road.