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Horford (knee) probable; Brown (back) questionable against Miami

The Celtics approach a home-and-home series against Miami with varying degrees of health.

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The Boston Celtics are approaching two matchups against the Miami Heat in a home-and-home series this week. For the first leg of that journey, the Celtics could potentially be at full strength or they could not. It’s questionable.

Al Horford and Kyrie Irving (load management) missed Saturday night’s loss against the Brooklyn Nets. With Horford being such a key part of Boston’s game plan on both ends, clearly the focus is getting his knee right down the stretch of the season. His probable status is a good sign.

Jaylen Brown’s injury is somewhat concerning, but the fact that he wasn’t immediately ruled out and is questionable leading up to tip-off time is a good sign. Everyone else seems good to go.

The Miami Heat are currently sitting in the 8th seed with a 38-38 record, so they’ll be motivated to solidify their playoff spot considering how the Orlando Magic are just 0.5 games behind them in 9th place entering tonight’s contest. Boston currently sits in the 4th seed, and although they are prioritizing rest down the stretch, a win against the Heat would definitely not hurt.

The Celtics take on the Heat tonight at 7:30PM EST.

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