Al Horford (illness) available to play in Game 2 vs. Pacers


UPDATE (6:19 p.m.): The Celtics have announced that Horford is available to play tonight.

BOSTON — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Al Horford will go through warmups but is expected to play in Wednesday’s Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

Horford felt ill on Tuesday night and the team initially feared a 24- or 48-hour bug but the veteran big man reported feeling better on Wednesday morning and was told to stay away from shooatround as a precaution.

“[Tuesday] night, he got sick and reported it right away,” said Stevens. "Got a good night’s sleep, woke up feeling way better. I don’t know if it was something he ate. I don’t know what the deal was. Did not come to shootaround this morning. We kept him away, he got a good day of rest and said he’s feeling pretty good right now."

Stevens, humorously, didn’t want to get into many specifics when pressed on Ill Horford. 

"I don’t know the play-by-play. I’m a little nervous to report the play-by-play,” Stevens said through laughter. "But I’m guessing that something didn’t feel right. Something didn’t go right. And then he said he was sick.

"Our trainers tell me and I say, ‘OK, let me know.’ But we knew this morning he wasn’t going to be around. Again, he woke up — luckily, because we were worried last night it could be a 24- or 48-hour thing. He woke up feeling a lot better and got a good day’s rest. We’re hopeful that he can play.”

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