BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics will be without Al Horford for at least a few more games as the veteran big man deals with a sore left knee.
Horford will miss his second straight game Wednesday night when the Celtics pay a visit to the Washington Wizards, looking to extend their winning streak to seven games. Boston head coach Brad Stevens said Horford will also miss the team’s back-to-back against the Hawks and Pistons this weekend.
In 22 games this season, Horford is averaging 12.4 points off 49 percent shooting to go with a career-low 6.4 rebounds per game. While he’s considered day-to-day with his current ailment, any kind of knee injury is concerning for a 32-year-old big man.
Horford’s absence should pave the way for more playing time for Celtics rookie Robert Williams, who scored seven points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots — including one on Anthony Davis — in Monday night’s win over the Pelicans. The man nicknamed “Timelord” has a great matchup Wednesday night against a Wizards squad that is among the worst rebounding teams in the NBA this season, allowing opponents to pull down 12.1 offensive boards per contest.
Celtics forwards Gordon Hayward (illness) and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) have also been ruled out for Wednesday’s game. But the Celtics will have point guard Kyrie Irving back after he missed Monday night’s win over the Pelicans with shoulder soreness, and center Aron Baynes will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury.