UPDATE: The Celtics have officially listed Al Horford as “AVAILABLE” for Thursday night’s Game 2.
Thursday began by Celtics fans finding out the team would be shorthanded once again, with guard Derrick White returning home ahead of the birth of his child. However, the team’s next status update proved to be a more encouraging one.
The Celtics’ Thursday afternoon injury report updated forward Al Horford’s status from ‘doubtful’ to ‘questionable.’ Horford has been in the NBA’s health & safety protocols – which relate to COVID-19 – since hours before Game 1. According to head coach Ime Udoka, Horford has been feeling fine since before being placed in the protocols.
After the release of the injury report, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski followed up with a tweet saying “the Celtics have continued testing Al Horford with the hope that he can exit health and safety protocols prior to Game 2, sources said.” Horford is reportedly vaccinated, which would help facilitate his return to play. Per Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, Horford can return after either two consecutive negative PCR tests seperated by 24 ours, or two consecutive PCR tests at least 24hrs apart w/ CT values greater than 30 starting no sooner than Day 4 & Day 5 (where Day 0 is date of initial positive test).
Aside from Horford, the team made no other updates to the injury report. Marcus Smart is still probable with a foot injury, with Ime Udoka saying the plan is for Smart to play as long as his foot responds well to pre-game testing. Sam Hauser remains out with a right shoulder injury.
For Miami, point guard Kyle Lowry (hamstring) has already been ruled out. Guards Max Strus (hamstring) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) are both questionable as of Wednesday night.