After missing the second half of the Celtics’ back-to-back road trip in Charlotte with a left abductor strain, Al Horford is probable for tomorrow’s tip against the Washington Wizards.
The team has remained cautious in Horford’s second stint in Boston. Even though the 35-year-old played only 28 games last season in Oklahoma City and has looked spry and bouncy in his return, they’ve eased him back into the rotation. He played 25 minutes in a blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and 30 in a wire-to-wire win in Houston. Horford also missed the final week of training camp after testing positive for COVID and entering quarantine.
In two games, Horford has modest statistics of 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, but in the win against the Rockets, he showed just how important he’ll be to the team’s success moving forward.
“He’s doing great. Defensively, we can switch with him or have him back in a drop coverage. He covers a lot of holes in every way, assist-wise, leadership, shooting the ball, passing, and all that,” Ime Udoka said on Sunday night. “Like I said, he’s a huge complement for our guys, kind of a stabilizer for our guys, kind of a glue guy for our group.”
Romeo Langford, who also missed the OT win against the Hornets, is still listed as questionable with left calf tightness.