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Al Horford probable vs. visiting Hornets

The big man is back after a seven-game absence.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After being initially diagnosed with patellar tendonitis, Al Horford missed seven games, including all of the Celtics’ current three-game losing streak. It’s been a slightly sub par season for Horford so far; his scoring and rebounding have dipped slightly but the glaring difference has been his inconsistent shooting from the behind the arc (34.1 3FG%).

His return to the lineup should have a stabilizing effect for the team. Boston has been out-rebounded by 19 boards in back-to-back losses against Milwaukee and Phoenix and lacked any physical presence in the paint.

We’ll get an update on Marcus Morris as the 6 pm nears.