Al Horford out for Celtics vs Pacers, joining Jaylen Brown

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics forward Al Horford was sick and the team scratched him from Sunday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

Coach Brad Stevens said Horford was home in bed with a fever and “hurting.” He wanted to play, but was told to stay home, Stevens said.

The Celtics were already without Jaylen Brown, who sustained a concussion in Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In their place, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris were in the starting lineup.

The Celtics had won two in a row in their attempt to catch Toronto atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Raptors entered the night with a 2 ½-game lead.

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