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Al Horford (illness) to return Friday vs Magic; Kyrie Irving remains out (knee)

The Celtics big man will return after missing the last two games with an illness.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported Friday morning that Al Horford will return to the Celtics lineup after missing the previous two games with an illness.

Horford’s return will likely push Guerschon Yabusele back to the bench.

Kyrie Irving will remain on the sidelines, as the Celtics point guard continues to deal with a sore left knee. Brad Stevens said Friday morning that Irving’s knee is feeling a little better, and he will go through a workout in Orlando, despite not playing tonight.

Marcus Smart (thumb) and Jaylen Brown (concussion protocol) remain sidelined for the Celtics, leaving them shorthanded in the backcourt once again.

The Celtics and Magic tip off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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