Al Horford, Avery Bradley Out vs. Suns with Elbow, Hamstring Injuries

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2017

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The Boston Celtics will be without guard Avery Bradley (hamstring) and center Al Horford (elbow) for Sunday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Hoford's elbow sprain is not a "long-term thing," according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

This is another setback for Horford after he suffered a concussion earlier in the season. He did play a full 82 games in 2015-16 in his final season with the Atlanta Hawks before joining Boston in the offseason.

When healthy, Horford is one of the better frontcourt players in the league.

The four-time All-Star has averaged double-figure scoring totals every season of his career since he was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He is a double-double threat whenever he steps on the floor and helps anchor Boston's interior defense.

Horford can extend his offensive attack from the paint to three-point range, and he is athletic enough to defend those areas as well. He is averaging 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks this season.

Bradley has been intermittently injured throughout the season. He's been limited to just 39 games overall and missed the better part of two months due to an Achilles injury. When in the lineup, Bradley is averaging a career-best 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 41.0 percent from three-point range. 

While Horford and Bradley's presence is a reason many see the Celtics as one of the biggest threats to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, there are enough pieces to survive a short-term setback.