Boston Celtics

Absent from the last two games due to left knee soreness, Celtics center Al Horford will remain on the shelf for ‘a little bit’ longer, according to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

“He’s going to be out a little bit, but not too long,” Stevens said. “Just to strengthen [the knee] and get feeling a lot better. A little bit similar to [Marcus] Morris last year, and make sure that he feels great instead of going back and forth like this.”

With Horford (and Aron Baynes) out, the Celtics have relied on a rotating cast of characters to handle the load at the 5, including Daniel Theis and 2018 first-round pick Robert Williams III. While seemingly unpractical, it will simply have to do for a Celtics squad that wants to see the 32-year-old Horford back and back at 100 percent when ready.

“This is something that I don’t think any of us want it to linger or continue,” Horford admitted. “I think that as much as I want to be on the floor, I do see the big picture. So this is the time to do it.”

The Celtics should be able to continue to survive the Horford injury, though, as they will go head-to-head with the 11-16 Wizards tonight and have a showdown with the 6-20 Hawks at TD Garden on Friday night.