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Al Horford out Saturday vs. Magic with back injury

The Celtics will be thin in the frontcourt with Horford out.

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat
Al Horford of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to playing the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on October 21, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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The Boston Celtics have ruled Al Horford out for Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic with a back injury. Horford has been the team’s starting center with Robert Williams sidelined to start the season but now the veteran is also dealing with an injury. On the second night of a back-to-back set, the Celtics aren’t taking any chances.

Through two games this season, Horford is averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He has the ability to break out from time to time due to his shooting ability, but he really is there to provide defensive stability and leadership for the young Celtics.

With Horford ruled out, the Celtics are likely to lean on Noah Vonleh and Blake Griffin to round out the frontcourt rotation. This is an area Boston is particularly thin at. Grant Williams could also play some minutes at center if needed but the Celtics are probably going to go small for most of this contest.