BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Kyrie Irving and Al Horford will miss Saturday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.

After both Irving and Horford played 3-5 minutes at Friday night’s 114-112 success in on the Indiana Pacers — a triumph which moved into a tie with na for fourth place at the Eastern Conference standings with seven games to move — the Celtics announced Saturday morning which both Horford (left knee soreness) and Irving (spine pain ) could sit. The Celtics also stated that Jayson Tatum is questionable with an illness.

’s two players sitting out is a potential blessing for the Nets, that are distressed for any success in the middle of what’s easily the toughest closing stretch in the whole league. Coming off a seven-game roadtrip that saw Brooklyn face five playoff clubs, Saturday marks the launch of a six-game closing stretch which sees that the Nets face six clubs now in the play offs: the Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks (twice)and also the Toronto Raptors, the Pacers and the Miami Heat — a game in Brooklyn on the final day of the entire year which very well can possibly be a play-in game for you personally, or both, teams.

The First start Saturday in seventh place with a 38-38 document, a half-game behind the Detroit Pistons in sixth and also a half-game ahead of the Heat at eighth. Even the Orlando Magic are another half-game behind heat in ninth, as the Charlotte Hornets are now two games back of eighth after losing to the LosAngeles Lakers Friday night.

, meanwhile, holds a 2-1 edge in the season series with na, going for the present edge in the race to get fourth, also it home-court advantage once both teams all but surely confront one another at the Eastern Conference playoffs in a couple of weeks. ’s triumph Friday night meant that race could all but certainly be decided next Friday, if the Pacers host the Celtics at s at the final meeting of the season between both teams.

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