BOSTON – Danny Ainge wasn’t kidding when he said Al Horford’s concussion this time around wasn’t as severe as the one he suffered last year.
The 6-foot-10 forward has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.
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Horford, who missed nine games last season with a concussion, suffered another one in the second quarter of Boston’s 110-107 win at Atlanta earlier this week.
He was able to finish the game one assist shy of a triple-double, but concussion-like symptoms set in afterward which led to him entering the NBA's concussion protocol and not playing in the 107-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Horford has been one of the best two-way players not just on the Celtics roster but in the entire NBA this season.
Appearing in 11 games (all starts), Horford has averaged 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting a career-best 46.7 percent from 3-point range. In addition, he has a defensive rating of 93.2, which is tops in the NBA among players who average at least 30 minutes played per game.
Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum, who left the victory over the Lakers with an ankle injury and didn't return, is also questionable for tonight.