Celtics

Analysis: Al Horford shut down for ‘at least a few games’ with jumper’s knee

Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal

The Celtics will be without their All-Star big man for at least another week as Brad Stevens revealed Wednesday morning that Al Horford would be shut down for 'at least a few more games' as he tries to recover from a bout of knee tendinitis.

Horford has already missed two straight games due to the injury and four of Boston's last eight games in the midst of what has been the worst statistical season of his career. He admitted on Monday that he had been battling the injury for about a month now.

"It’s hard because the competitor in me just wanted to be out with our guys," Horford said of the rest. "But I think it’s best for our group, for our team long term. I don’t want to have to keep dealing with this as a question mark game after game. I just have to listen to the training staff and what the doctors are telling me, and buy into that plan."

Horford played one of his best games of the season against the Knicks on Thursday night after getting nearly a week off to rest the injury but it 'flared' up on him again after the win, which led the C's to take a more cautious approach with the recovery. He'll spend the next couple weeks doing plenty of therapy to help accelerate the rehab and doubts surgery will be necessary to fully heal.

"Just strength work for the leg, that’s going to help with that," he said. "A lot of treatment on it and also some rest, but yeah, the strength work and the training, it’s the bulk of it. We’ve been rolling two or three times a day with that, and just try to speed the process up as much as we can."

Horford has never dealt with any kind of knee tendinitis issue before.

"When I was in high school I had a lot of (knee pain)," he said on Monday. "They said it was because I was growing. Growing pains type of thing. I’ve never dealt with that. I’ve been very fortunate. This is new for me."

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