After missing Monday night’s overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets, veteran big man Al Horford has been listed as probable ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Washington Wizards after suffering a left abductor strain.
Horford has been solid in his second stint with Boston Celtics. In just two games, he’s averaging 14.0 points per game and 10.5 rebounds. The 35-year old had a strong performance in their win against the Houston Rockets, dropping 17 points along with 10 rebounds. Head coach Ime Udoka said after the team’s first win against Houston that they were intentional about Horford’s minutes:
“We kept him to the under 30-minute limit we talked about. Got him out for that last 30 seconds and joked with him, ‘We’re trying to get you to play tomorrow, so let me hold you under 30,” said Udoka, per the Boston Herald. “But yeah, he’s doing great defensively. We can switch with him, have him back in more of a drop coverage, but he covers a lot of holes in every way—assist-wise, leadership, shooting the ball, passing and all that. So like I said, he’s a huge complement for our guys, kind of a stabilizer out there and kind of a glue guy for our group. We love what he does for us and look forward to seeing more going forward with him.”