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Report: Ortiz return to lineup likely to be delayed

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Report: Ortiz return to lineup likely to be delayed

According to ESPN, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is unlikely to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, the first day that he is eligible to play.

Ortiz felt pain in his heel on Saturday and cancelled planned exercises in Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He has postponed partaking in any baseball activities until Tuesday. With this setback it is expected that Ortiz will not return until the weekend at the earliest.

From ESPN:
Ortiz told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com that he could neither jog nor bat in New York before the last game of the series between the Red Sox and Yankees, but he keeps receiving therapy on his right heel.

The Red Sox have missed Ortiz's presence in the lineup as he was the team's best offensive player prior to his injury. This setback is just another hurdle the Red Sox will have to clear if they want to take part in postseason play this year.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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