The Celtics announced yesterday that both Al Horford and Jaylen Brown would miss Friday night’s game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.
It will be Brown's 2nd straight missed game with a back bruise after his awkward fall in the Celtics’ loss to Dallas.
Horford doesn't have any reported injures and the Celtics have officially listed the reason for him sitting out of Friday night's contest as "rest", which is somewhat odd considering the Celtics just had 3 days of rest coming off of their Monday night victory over New Orleans. Nevertheless, the Celtics likely view the Cavaliers as an easy enough opponent that they can afford to use it as an opportunity to limit the amount of miles that the 32 year-old Horford puts on over the course of the season.
The Celtics have yet to announce what their starting lineup will be in Brown and Horford's absences, but it will likely be something along the lines of Irving, Smart, Tatum, Morris and Baynes if the Celtics want to continue to bring Gordon Hayward off the bench as they have in the last 4 games. However, if the Celtics want to begin integrating Gordon Hayward back into the starting lineup, the Cavaliers might be a good team to do it against.
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