BOSTON -- Celtics fans won't be able to boo or cheer Al Horford when the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup is announced Thursday.
Horford won't play Thursday against the Celtics due to left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness, the Sixers forward told reporters at TD Garden before the game.
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Horford, who got injured during Philly's win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, will be on Philly's bench but won't suit up in his first trip to Boston since leaving the team in free agency over the summer.
The 33-year-old admitted he’s not too happy about the timing of his injury.
"Obviously I played here, but always during the years coming to play in the Garden, that's a big deal," Horford said.
"It's a special place to play at and I'm definitely disappointed that I won't be able to play tonight."
Some expected Horford to re-sign with Boston this past offseason before the veteran big man signed a four-year, $97 million contract with the rival Sixers.
But Horford still is very welcome at his former home.
"I've got no hard feelings," Horford said. "It's all love."
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers, which tips off Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call at 8 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.