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Al Horford (wrist) expects to play Tuesday, Irving (rest) out

Al Horford (wrist) expects to play Tuesday, Irving (rest) out

BOSTON — Boston Celtics big man Al Horford (sprained right wrist) practiced Monday and is “good to go” for Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Feel fine, went through practice, so I’m good to go for tomorrow,” Horford said after Monday’s workout.

Horford tweaked his wrist in the first half of Friday's exhibition opener against the Hornets in North Carolina then sat out Sunday’ rematch in Boston.

Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who said Sunday night that he didn’t plan to play on Tuesday, will indeed get a rest night on Tuesday.

"We probably won’t play Kyrie tomorrow, just rest-wise,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “He practiced all the way today, practiced hard. We practiced pretty good today, we went at it pretty good. We needed to. I didn’t think we were great in either game [versus Charlotte], and obviously that’s to be expected. We needed to get after it a little bit.”

Stevens confirmed that Irving asked to go a little longer on Sunday while knowing he’d rest on Tuesday.

"Probably intended more like 25 but he wanted to keep going from a conditioning standpoint and it didn’t affect him being able to go all the way through and hard today,” said Stevens. “We were thinking about both of those things as the 29-minute mark hit. But he feels really good and that’s a good thing.”

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Here's the timetable on Gordon Hayward's injury after undergoing surgery

Here's the timetable on Gordon Hayward's injury after undergoing surgery

BOSTON -- The good news is that Gordon Hayward’s recent left hand injury won’t hurt the Celtics anywhere close to the ankle injury he suffered a couple years ago. 

But the Celtics will still have to manage to find success without him for a spell, with successful surgery on a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand sidelining him for about six weeks. 

Beginning from when the injury occurred - November 9 at Dallas - that would put Hayward’s return back to the floor sometime shortly before Christmas. 

If he returns six weeks from the date of the injury, that would have him back for Boston’s Dec. 22 game against Charlotte. 

Boston has managed to win with key players down at times already this season. 

And while the timing certainly isn’t great when you consider how both Hayward and the Celtics (7-1, best record in the NBA) were playing, Stevens reiterated that this injury is dramatically different than the ankle injury Hayward suffered a couple years ago which sidelined for all but the first five minutes of the 2017-2018 season. 

This injury isn’t that severe, even with the most conservative timelines having him back on the floor at some point this season. 

But the Celtics did get some good news on the health front with Enes Kanter (knee) available to play for the first time since the team’s season-opener at Philadelphia. 

Kanter, who checked into the game late in the first quarter, comes back at a good time for Boston which will look through a multitude of bodies at Dallas’ 7-foot-2 center Kristaps Porzingis who came into tonight’s game averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.6 blocked shots per game while shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range. 

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WATCH: Jayson Tatum gifts shoes to military family on Veterans Day

WATCH: Jayson Tatum gifts shoes to military family on Veterans Day

Before Monday game against the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum took a moment to give a special gift to a military family.

Tatum met the son of U.S. Air Force TSgt. Meldy Shehu courtside. And after a brief conversation, Tatum signed a basketball and took off the shoes he was wearing and gifted both to Shehu's son.

Check out the video below, courtesy of the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

That's certainly a heartwarming gesture by Tatum and is a great way to help honor the troops and their families on Veterans Day.

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