The Boston Celtics got good injury news on their big man front, though not all good news, ahead of their December 17 battle against the Orlando Magic at the TD Garden: Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford will return to the lineup.
"Kristaps Porzingis (calf) and Al Horford (rest) are both off the injury report, meaning they’ll be good to play in Sunday’s game," MassLive's Brian Robb reported. "Luke Kornet (left adductor strain) will miss his third straight game, so the depth will be at least somewhat impacted. Dalano Banton (non-COVID illness) is questionable after missing Friday’s game."
Porzingis and Horford's absences somehow didn't lead to a drop-off in play. In fact, the Celtics finally got over the Magic hump and knocked off Orlando in what Jaylen Brown called their biggest game of the year so far.
“I think this is the biggest game of the year so far,” Brown said (h/t MassLive). “In my opinion, for us, I think one we had a bunch of guys out and were on a back-to-back versus a team that’s been kicking our ass the last four or five times we played. I think this was the biggest game to me so far.”
Magic injury report vs Boston Celtics for December 17 matchup
A number of Orlando's key contributors are questionable, as The Sixth Man Show's Fawzan Amer reports.
"Orlando Magic G Jalen Suggs (left hand) didn’t practice today and is listed on the injury report as questionable," Amer prefaced before saying, "In addition, Markelle Fultz (left knee tendinitis) is listed as doubtful and Joe Ingles joins the injury report and is listed as questionable (left ankle sprain)."
Boston could be the far healthier team on Sunday afternoon after being without several key players in a game they survived without during this past Friday's win.