SAN FRANCISCO – It wasn’t all bad news on the health front for the Boston Celtics who will welcome Al Horford back to the lineup for Saturday’s game against Golden State.
“He didn’t say anything to me about not feeling good,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Went through practice, looked good. Went through a hard workout yesterday, no complaints after that. We’ll see how it goes from there.”
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Horford was held out of Boston’s 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers after suffering a head injury against the Los Angeles Lakers the night before.
The 6-foot-10 Horford went through a battery of tests to determine if he had suffered a concussion, but those results were negative.
Boston’s medical staff still felt Horford should not have played against the Clippers, concerned that concussion-like symptoms might pop up afterwards.
“I feel good; much better,” said Horford who has missed games each of the last two seasons due to experiencing concussion-like symptoms. “I didn’t have anything. I didn’t have a concussion, just trying to be … the team was trying to protect me due to the history of everything. I’m just happy to be able to go through workouts, be fine.”
Having Horford back will certainly help the Celtics who will need all available talent if they are to pull off a season sweep of the Warriors.
Marcus Smart will miss the next two weeks after suffering a laceration to his right (shooting) hand when he cut it on a picture frame in Los Angeles shortly before Boston’s 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Smart, who did not play in that game, flew back to Boston to have addition tests performed to determine the extent of his injury. After the examination, it was determined Smart would be out for about two weeks.
If the San Antonio Spurs can't retain disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, they'll likely trade him to an Eastern Conference team, according to a USA TODAY report.
The Celtics have made inquiries about Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month.
More from Sam Amick's story in USA TODAY:
Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego earlier this week to meet with Leonard, who reportedly will tell any team he's traded to that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast...
1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk.
5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft.
8:27 - 18:18 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined by Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy describes the potential he sees in Robert Williams, if he thought he would go higher in the draft, and what part of his game he will need to improve in the NBA.
18:53 - All eyes will be on Roger Williams during the Celtics summer league. What will he be able to bring to the Celtics?
20:04 - Would you want the Celtics to sign Dwight Howard? Or would you rather have Aron Baynes return to Boston?
26:02 - The Spurs are not going to be able to get full value for Kawhi Leonard and how it's looking less and less likely that the Celtics will trade for Leonard.
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