Al Horford to play today against the Raptors, Marcus Smart starting at point guard

The Boston Celtics announced the starting line-up for today's game against the Toronto Raptors. Al Horford will return after sitting out Friday night's game against the Hornets under the NBA's concussion protocol, and Marcus Smart will replace Kyrie Irving as starting point guard:

There had been concern that Horford might have an extended absence due to his concussions last season, which caused him to miss 9 games. However, the issue does not seem to be as severe this year.

In addition, Marcus Smart will step into the starting point guard role while Kyrie Irving is being fitted for a face mask for the facial fracture he obtained in Friday's game.

Tip off is at 3:30 PM Eastern.

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