Al Horford injury: Danny Ainge has positive update on Celtics forward


Al Horford may miss some time, but the Boston Celtics don't appear concerned about it.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge insisted Horford will be "fine" despite a left knee injury that has caused him to miss the last three games.

"He has tendinitis in his knee," Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich. "... We're giving him the extra rest so that it's not a lingering effect. He could play now if he needed to, but we're just trying to give him the rest to get back to being 100 percent."

The C's can afford to take things slow with Horford, as Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and rookie Robert Williams have helped fill the frontcourt void in his absence.

"We're just trying to give Al the time because we do have depth, especially at the center position," Ainge added. "So, he's taking a little bit of extra time."

Ainge didn't provide an exact timetable for Horford's return, but the veteran forward has already been ruled out of Friday night's game against the Hawks.

Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown also missed Wednesday's thrilling overtime win over the Washington Wizards due to illnesses, but Ainge said Hayward was "feeling better" Thursday morning and hopes both players can return to action this weekend.

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