Appearing on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand show Wednesday afternoon, Brad Stevens confirmed that the Celtics will be without Al Horford (concussion) for both games of the team’s upcoming back-to-back, which begins tonight against the Chicago Bulls.
According to Stevens, the injury occurred during Monday’s practice when a teammate attempted to swipe down at the ball but caught Horford in the head instead.
Originally, Horford was only expected to miss Wednesday night’s game, after which he would be re-evaluated before a decision was made on his status for Thursday’s match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per a team press release obtained by our own Jared Weiss.
Horford had been symptom-free going into Tuesday’s practice but was immediately removed from the court when symptoms began to present themselves. He was later placed in to the NBA’s concussion protocol program and will likely be evaluated again in the coming days.
Fortunately, the Celtics won’t play again until Sunday once this back-to-back set is complete, so Horford may have enough time to get himself right before then.