Al Horford out tonight versus the Lakers with concussion-like symptoms
The red-hot Boston Celtics will be without a key player when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Al Horford, who took a shot to the head Monday in Atlanta, experienced concussion-like symptoms this morning. He has now entered the NBA's concussion protocol and will not suit up as the Celtics seek the win their tenth straight:
Al Horford will miss tonight’s game after entering the NBA’s concussion protocol. Horford’s first symptoms linking him to a possible concussion occurred this morning. Initially struck in the head on a foul called in the second quarter of Boston’s Nov. 6 contest at Atlanta.
For those of you who may not have seen it happen live, Horford got Kent Bazemore in the air with an up-fake, leading to Bazemore smacking Horford across the head with his arm:
While seeing Horford get hit hard and lay on the floor in some pain was worrisome, he stayed in the contest and finished the entire game. He didn't experience any symptoms of a potential concussion until more than a day after the final buzzer, when he woke up Wednesday morning.
It is yet to be known how much time Horford will miss following tonight's matchup with the Lakers. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised if he misses not just Friday's showing against the Hornets, but possibly the whole following week.