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.”
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.