Al Horford expected to play in Game 2 for Boston Celtics:

Jay King: Al Horford will play tonight, for the Celtics.
Source: Twitter @ByJayKing:

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jared Weiss: @JaredWeissNBA:
After a whirlwind of injury report updates, Al Horford is back from COVID protocols just in time for Game 2 in Miami.
New story: @The Athletic: theathletic.com/news/celtics-a… – 4:47 PM:

Kevin O’Connor: @KevinOConnorNBA:
New Mismatch with: @Chris Vernon: on the lesson of Andrew Wiggins, how the Warriors defended the Mavs, thoughts on the rest of the series, and a whole bunch of NBA draft talk before discussing Heat-Celtics Game 2. Recorded before the Al Horford news. open.spotify.com/episode/5DXdJy… – 4:01 PM:

Mark Murphy: @Murf56:
The Celtics now list Al Horford as available – 3:31 PM:

Tim Bontemps: @TimBontemps:
New ESPN story: In a rapid reversal, Al Horford went from doubtful to available for the Celtics in a matter of hours, as he and Marcus Smart will return tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals as Boston looks to even the series at a win apiece. espn.com/nba/story/_/id… – 3:24 PM:

Brian Robb: @BrianTRobb:
A look at the steps Al Horford needed to clear in order to exit NBA health and safety protocols ahead of Game 2 masslive.com/celtics/2022/0… – 3:22 PM:

Barry Jackson: @flasportsbuzz:
Here’s what South Florida watched when Heat and Panthers played at the same time on Tuesday, and the national ratings too. And Horford back tonight. And pundits giving Heat respect: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col… – 3:17 PM:

Sean Grande: @SeanGrandePBP:
Al Horford will play in Game 2 tonight.
You must be this high to ride this ECF roller coaster.
Since mid-December, the Celtics are 42-14 with Al.
3-7 without him. – 3:16 PM:

Ira Winderman: @IraHeatBeat:
Al Horford cleared to return for Celtics; Marcus Smart expected back, but Boston without Derrick White for Game 2 vs. Heat. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… – 3:16 PM:

Kurt Helin: @basketballtalk:
Al Horford cleared to play Celtics-Heat Game 2 (coronavirus protocols) nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/19/al-… – 3:06 PM:

CBS NBA: @CBSSportsNBA:
Celtics injury updates: Al Horford to play, Marcus Smart listed as probable, Derrick White out for Game 2:
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti… – 2:59 PM:

Gary Washburn: @GwashburnGlobe:
Horford benefited from new COVID-19 protocol (added Apr. 30) allowing players who test negative twice on a game day to play. Horford likely tested negative after shootaround, then upgraded to questionable and then again this afternoon, making him eligible to play. #Celtics: #Heat:2:54 PM:

Shandel Richardson: @ShandelRich:
Al Horford back in lineup for Game 2 si.com/nba/heat/miami… – 2:48 PM:

Brian Robb: @BrianTRobb:
Breaking: Al Horford has been cleared to play Game 2 tonight against the Heat masslive.com/celtics/2022/0… – 2:47 PM:

Keith Smith: @KeithSmithNBA:
The Celtics testing Al Horford over the past two days: pic.twitter.com/myijcsPtWO:2:43 PM:

Tim Reynolds: @ByTimReynolds:
Al Horford is playing tonight, Celtics say. – 2:43 PM:

Chris Mannix: @SIChrisMannix:
Al Horford will play tonight, per Celtics – 2:42 PM:

Alex Kennedy: @AlexKennedyNBA:
Al Horford is available to play in Game 2, Celtics PR announces. – 2:41 PM:

Anthony Chiang: @Anthony_Chiang:
Celtics announce that Al Horford is available to play tonight vs. Heat. – 2:40 PM:

John Karalis: @John_Karalis:
Al Horford is available tonight. He will play in Game 2 – 2:40 PM:

Chris Haynes: @ChrisBHaynes:
Al Horford has been cleared to play in Game 2 tonight. – 2:40 PM:

Chris Forsberg: @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Al Horford is available for Game 2. – 2:39 PM:

Keith Smith: @KeithSmithNBA:
Al Horford is available to play in Game 2. – 2:39 PM:

Gary Washburn: @GwashburnGlobe:
Al Horford is available to play tonight vs. #Heat:. #Celtics:2:39 PM:

Marc Stein: @TheSteinLine:
The Celtics say Al Horford has been cleared to play in tonight’s Game 2. – 2:39 PM:

Shams Charania: @ShamsCharania:
Celtics’ Al Horford will play in Game 2 vs. Miami tonight. – 2:39 PM:

Tim Bontemps: @TimBontemps:
The Celtics announce Al Horford is available for tonight’s game. – 2:39 PM:

Jay King: @ByJayKing:
Al Horford will play tonight, for the Celtics. – 2:39 PM:

Barry Jackson: @flasportsbuzz:
NEW: Fresh pack of Heat notes, including Wade admiring Butler’s playoff run for Heat. PLUS the spirited Shaq / Barkley debate on Butler; the Butler / Stephen A. Smith item; Dedmon; Haslem; Celtics upgrade Horford to questionable; more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col… – 1:38 PM:

Chris Haynes: @ChrisBHaynes:
How Al Horford can return after positive COVID-19 test:
1. Two consecutive negative PCR tests at at least 24hrs apart:
2. Two consecutive PCR tests at least 24hrs apart w / CT values ​​greater than 30 starting no sooner than Day 4 & Day 5 (where Day 0 is date of initial positive test) – 1:13 PM:

Anthony Chiang: @Anthony_Chiang:
Celtics have upgraded Al Horford (protocols) from doubtful to questionable for tonight’s game. – 1:10 PM:

Shandel Richardson: @ShandelRich:
The latest on Al Horford for Game 2 si.com/nba/heat/miami… – 1:08 PM:

CBS NBA: @CBSSportsNBA:
Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart listed as probable, Al Horford questionable, Derrick White out for Game 2:
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti… – 1:02 PM:

Ira Winderman: @IraHeatBeat:
And another twist. Per Celtics moments ago:
Al Horford – QUESTIONABLE – 1:01 PM:

Kevin Chouinard: @KLChouinard:
Celtics updated injury report to say that:
Al Horford – Health & Safety Protocols – is questionable. – 12:59 PM:

Jay King: @ByJayKing:
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable for Game 2, per the Celtics. – 12:59 PM:

Marc Stein: @TheSteinLine:
The Celtics have upgraded Al Horford (health and safety protocols) to questionable for Game 2 against Miami. – 12:59 PM:

Tim Bontemps: @TimBontemps:
The Celtics have upgraded Al Horford to questionable for tonight’s game. He was upgraded to doubtful last night. This raises the real possibility Horford could exit the NBA’s health and safety protocols and return for tonight’s game. – 12:58 PM:

Chris Haynes: @ChrisBHaynes:
Boston Celtics center Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable tonight against Miami Heat. – 12:58 PM:

Jared Weiss: @JaredWeissNBA:
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable. Ime Udoka said they were waiting on testing results today hoping that would allow him to clear the protocol. Needs 2 negative tests. – 12:58 PM:

Adrian Wojnarowski: @wojespn:
Celtics upgraded Al Horford to questionable for Game 2. – 12:58 PM:

Brian Robb: @BrianTRobb:
Celtics have upgraded Al Horford to questionable for Game 2 – 12:58 PM:

Keith Smith: @KeithSmithNBA:
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable for Game 2. – 12:58 PM:

Ben Rohrbach: @brohrbach:
Al Horford needs negative PCR tests yesterday and today to clear protocols for Game 2, so the possibility he might be available tonight means a) he returned a negative test yesterday or b) the Celtics have also yet to receive yesterday’s results. – 12:45 PM:

Brian Robb: @BrianTRobb:
The latest on Marcus Smart and Al Horford’s status ahead of tonight’s game from: @SouichiTerada: masslive.com/celtics/2022/0… – 12:31 PM:

CBS NBA: @CBSSportsNBA:
Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart upgraded to probable, Al Horford doubtful, Derrick White out for Game 2:
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti… – 12:15 PM:

Keith Smith: @KeithSmithNBA:
Celtics injury updates for Ume Udoka:
Al Horford is still doubtful.
Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame, but is probable to play. – 12:10 PM:

A. Sherrod Blakely: @ASherrodblakely:
As for Al Horford (health and safety protocol), Ime Udoka said Horford remains doubtful for tonight. – 12:02 PM:

Jeff Zillgitt: @JeffZillgitt:
Al Horford (COVID protocols) remains doubtful and Marcus Smart (right foot sprain) probable for Game 2 vs. Heat, Celtics coach Ime Udoka tells reporters. pic.twitter.com/7i8qhZfqeD:11:58 AM:

John Karalis: @John_Karalis:
Ime says Al Horford feels fine, and him entering protocols was unexpected – 11:58 AM:

Mark Murphy: @Murf56:
Udoka said Horford was feeling fine on day of his positive test – 11:58 AM:

Mark Murphy: @Murf56:
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is still awaiting test results to determine its availability for Game 2 tonight – 11:56 AM:

John Karalis: @John_Karalis:
Ime says Al Horford is still doubtful and his status depends on testing results. Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame but he’s expected to play tonight. – 11:56 AM:

Gary Washburn: @GwashburnGlobe:
Al Horford remains doubtful. Marcus Smart remains probable and will test before the game. #Celtics: #Heat:. – 11:55 AM:

Jared Weiss: @JaredWeissNBA:
Ime Udoka says he’s good now, Al Horford is still doubtful until testing results comeback later, Marcus Smart still had to test his foot out pregame, and Derrick White is having a baby.
“Came sooner than expected, but we support our guys as always in that situation.” – 11:55 AM:

Tim Reynolds: @ByTimReynolds:
Ime Udoka says he’s good after being sick yesterday, and confirms that Derrick White left today for the birth of his child. Will play Saturday.
On Horford: “Al is still doubtful.” Tests pending.
On Smart: “Marcus is looking better.” Will try it pregame before final decision. – 11:55 AM:

Barry Jackson: @flasportsbuzz:
NEW: A fresh pack of Heat notes, including Lowry out again and Smart / Horford updates. PLUS Butler’s steals, third quarter dominance, Spoelstra on the Pepas issue last night. And more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col… – 5:33 PM:

Anthony Chiang: @Anthony_Chiang:
Celtics injury report for Game 2:
Sam Hauser – Right Shoulder Instability Episode – OUT:
Al Horford – Health & Safety Protocols – DOUBTFUL:
Marcus Smart – Right Mid-Foot Sprain – PROBABLE – 5:26 PM:

More on this storyline:

Gary Washburn: Huge blow for #Celtics. Al Horford (health and safety protocols) and Marcus Smart (foot) both ruled OUT for Game 1 vs. #Heat. -via: Twitter @GwashburnGlobe: / May 17, 2022:

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