Al Horford out for Celtics vs Pacers, joining Jaylen Brown

3/11/2018 4:52:47 PM

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 +-game lead.