BOSTON - The Boston Celtics lengthy injury report received a few updates before Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Gordon Hayward (illness) were officially ruled out about 90 minutes before tip-off tonight at TD Garden. This is in addition to the absence of Kyrie Irving (right shoulder soreness), Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle sprain), and Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain).
Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was questionable for most of the day Monday, but head coach Alvin Gentry confirmed during his pregame media availability that Davis will play tonight vs the Celtics.
Al Horford was seen warming up on Monday night at TD Garden with a wrap around his left knee, despite not being available. Brad Stevens said that Horford has been dealing with patellar tendinitis for a while now, but he is still day-to-day. The Celtics center said before Monday’s game that he’s been dealing with the issue for about a month. Horford added that he wanted to be out there, but he needs to be smart so the soreness doesn’t continue to linger.
Boston will start Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum, and Daniel Theis, per Stevens.
The team recalled Robert Williams and PJ Dozier on Monday morning to help fill out their roster. Williams will likely see some playing time against Davis and the Pelicans due to a lack of frontcourt depth.
The Celtics and Pelicans tip-off from TD Garden at 7:30 PM EST.
Check out Brad Stevens’ and Al Horford’s full pregame availabilities below: