Boston Celtics

Oct 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Contrary to earlier reports, Al Horford’s availability for a potential series with the Raptors would not be in question, as Horford has told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach that he is vaccinated and would be permitted to cross the Canadian border.

“Horford said he was aware that his absence from the recent Toronto game made some wonder about his future availability, but added that he would be able to play,” Himmelsbach wrote. “He said this remains a personal matter for the players, and he declined to go into further detail but he stressed he is vaccinated and that the mandate would not affect him.”

The update on Horford comes after the veteran big was among a group of Celtics who missed the team’s Mar. 28 road showdown with the Raptors, and with Chris Mannix reporting that both Horford and Jaylen Brown were unvaccinated.

The Celtics have also refused to go into the vaccination status of their team, offering a simple no comment or deciding that it’s not something they want to talk about publicly, as Brad Stevens noted in a recent interview with Toucher & Rich. Horford sang a tune similar to Stevens when discussing his status with Himmelsbach.

“I think with the Celtics, we made it clear we’re not going to discuss those things, and it’s a health matter, and we all respect everybody’s individual perspectives,” said Horford. “That’s why I’m not going to get into it and talk about it. But I’m ready to go.”

The vaccination status will really only affect the Celtics should they face the Raptors in the playoffs, as their unvaccinated players would be unable to play in games at Scotiabank Arena. The Celtics would draw the Raptors in the first round should they fall into the fourth seed, as Toronto is locked into the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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