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Al Horford out for Celtics game vs. Bulls with concussion

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 26: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on October 26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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It’s just three games, but the numbers are staggering: The Boston Celtics are 23 points per 100 possessions better when Al Horford is on the court. Their offense improves some, their defense is considerably better when he plays as opposed to sits.

Which is why this is bad news: Horford is out with a concussion and will not play Wednesday night when the Celtics take on the Bulls, or the team’s next game against Cleveland, the team announced Wednesday. Horford is now in the league’s concussion protocol and will have to pass a series of physical tests without symptoms before being cleared to play, he could miss more games before that happens.

The injury occurred Monday at practice, according to the team, but Horford did not show symptoms at the time, nor did he before Tuesday’s practice. However, during Tuesday’s practice the symptoms showed up, Horford was removed from practice and placed in the concussion protocol.

The Bulls beat the Celtics the first time the two met this season, but the Celtics were on the second night of a back-to-back, and it showed. Now Chicago catches another break.

Not that anyone in Chicago will be paying attention to a basketball game tonight, not with the Cubs in Game 7.