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Al Horford, Jayson Tatum expected to play vs. Cavs

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The Boston Celtics have just provided an update on the status of veteran big man Al Horford and second-year wing Jayson Tatum. Both guys are dealing with respective injuries, but it appears that they might just be able to suit up on Tuesday as Boston take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Horford was out of action in the Celtics’ last two games — a back-to-back set over the weekend — due to a knee issue, but it seems like he was able to get enough rest to get himself ready for the matchup against the Cavs.

As for Tatum, he too sat out Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with a back problem, but the injury does not appear to be serious enough to cost the 21-year-old two consecutive DNP’s.

The C’s earlier announced that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will be rested against the Cavs, so Boston will be extremely shorthanded if Horford and Tatum are unable to take the floor.

While Celtics head coach Brad Stevens himself declared both guys to be probable, it would not be a surprise if either one (or maybe even both) guys end up sitting out the matchup against a 19-55 Cavs side. How Horford and Tatum respond to shootaround will likely determine their status for the game, and the team will definitely provide an update as soon as they have one available.

The C’s are currently holding on to the fifth spot in the East, and are just a couple of games behind the fourth-seeded Indiana Pacers, so at this point, every win counts in terms of the positioning battle.