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Celtics notebook: Horford a late scratch with knee soreness

CHICAGO – With Al Horford out because of recurring knee soreness, Aron Baynes out with a sprained left ankle, and rookie Robert Williams on a team-sanctioned absence to attend the birth of his daughter, Brad Stevens had an open mind.

“I’m open to suggestions,” the Celtics coach said of his team’s late downsizing for last night’s game against the Bulls, with Daniel Theis his choice as an emergency starter for Horford in the middle.

Horford, who already had missed two games this season and turned in his best performance with 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Knicks Thursday night after a significant rest period, felt his knee regress during yesterday’s shootaround.

The Celtics’ offensive production has jumped, with point totals of at least 115 in the four games leading up to last night’s contest.

Even if this improvement continues, Smart wouldn’t be surprised if Stevens changed his rotation – including his starting lineup – again.

But the Celtics center, suffering from a left ankle sprain, was still the first player on the floor at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s practice court.

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