Age: 32 Height: 6-10 Weight: 245 lbs School: Florida
As expected, the Boston Celtics will open the regular season with the same starting five they had a year ago. Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown will be in the starting backcourt with Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford rounding out the starting five. The only player whose status with the first unit was unclear coming into tonight's game, was Hayward.
'Danny is a risk-taker,' says Al Horford, 'and I definitely appreciate that.' So should Celtics fans. Though each controversial decisions drew criticism at the time, Danny Ainge has built the C's into an NBA power.
Veteran Celtics like Al Horford proclaim Yabusele as the unofficial team DJ. "You never know what he's going to throw in there," Horford told NBC Sports Boston. Coach Brad Stevens acknowledged he has given thought to using Yabusele in a multitude of roles this season.
The Celtics return eight players who started during a playoff run that ended one game from the NBA Finals. Boston also has two other players who might be better than those eight. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will join Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Aron Baynes, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris and Semi Ojeleye on the court this season.
Boston Celtics big man Al Horford (sprained right wrist) practiced Monday and is "good to go" for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Feel fine, went through practice, so I'm good to go for tomorrow," Horford said after Monday's workout. Horford tweaked his wrist in the first half of Friday's exhibition opener against the Hornets in North Carolina then sat out Sunday' rematch in Boston.