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- The Hawks will be short-handed in Boston tonight as Al Horford will miss tonight’s contest with a stomach illness. Johan Petro will start at center, alongside Ivan Johnson, Josh Smith, DeShawn Stevenson and Jeff Teague for the visitors who clinched a playoff spot after Wednesday’s win in Toronto.
- Devin Harris will be back in action for the Hawks tonight after missing his past two games with a sore left foot. He will come off the bench, according to head coach Larry Drew
- Courtney Lee will return to the hardwood tonight for the Celtics, after missing the past three games with a sore left ankle. Head coach Doc Rivers will remain cautious with Lee however, electing to bring in Lee off the bench. Jordan Crawford will get his third straight start at shooting guard in Lee’s place.
- Chris Wilcox will get his second straight start for Boston at the center spot on the one year anniversary of his open heart surgery for aortic valve repair. Wilcox has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in his comeback from the surgery this season.
– Brian Robb