Celtics’ Al Horford diagnosed with left knee problem

The Boston Celtics are currently riding the wave of a six-game winning streak, but it sounds like they’ll be without the services of Al Horford for a few games due to a knee injury.

According to a report from ESPN, Horford has been diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee, which is a condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse.

Al Horford is likely to miss the next week of games after being diagnosed with Patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee, Brad Stevens announced Wednesday morning.

Stevens, speaking to the media at Boston’s shootaround ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Wizards in D.C., said that the Celtics have dealt with similar injuries in the past and want to get Horford back to full strength before he returns to the lineup.

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“He’s going to be out a little bit, but not too long,” the coach stated. “Just to strengthen him and get him feeling a lot better – a little bit similar to [Marcus] Morris last year – and make sure that he feels great instead of going in and out like this.”

Horford is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc in 22 games this season. The big man last played against the New York Knicks on Dec. 6 when he scored 19 points and secured 12 rebounds. The 11-year veteran currently leads the team in boards and blocks (1.7) and has been a very consistent shooter for the team so far.

While not having Horford in the lineup isn’t a positive, the team does expect to have All-Star guard Kyrie Irving back after dealing with a sore right shoulder. Like Horford, Irving didn’t suit up in Monday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans as Terry Rozier drew the start in his place.

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