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Al Horford claims he is fully vaccinated, eligible to play if ever Boston faces Toronto in a marquee playoff duel

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Al Horford is now slated to enforce the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, and not even restricted anymore upon claiming he is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Horford was unavailable in the Cs’ road matchup against the Toronto Raptors on March 28, citing personal reasons. As such, he created doubts about the chances he can play without limitations. 

Unvaccinated foreigners still remain prohibited from entering Canada because of the safety purposes against pandemic. With that, players cannot enter the Scotiabank Arena to suit up if they haven’t taken a single shot. 

On Friday, Horford declared that he is fully vaccinated and can play barring no injuries, but declined to further discuss his personal perspective on the health matter. 

“It’s something I haven’t wanted to discuss,” Horford said about his status, via Adam Himmelsbach of Boston Globe. “I think with the Celtics, we made it clear we’re not going to discuss those things, and it’s a health matter, and we all respect everybody’s individual perspectives.

“That’s why I’m not going to get into it and talk about it. But I’m ready to go.”

Now, the information about Jaylen Brown’s vaccination details is the only thing that remains in question in the Beantown area. Earlier this month, the swingman didn’t provide any answer about his status. 

The Celtics occupy the East’s third seed with a 50-31 record, with the Raptors sitting at the fifth holding a 47-33 card. If the Philadelphia 76ers (49-31) notch victories in two of their last games and Boston fails to grab a dub against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, expect an exciting first-round showdown between the two of the hottest teams of their conference. 

Thankfully enough, things are now clear as Horford can hold Boston’s solid frontcourt position with Daniel Theis come postseason time, as starting big man Rob Williams remains absent as he continues to recover from his meniscus injury. 

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