Fantasy Basketball: Injury updates on Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis, and Kawhi Leonard

Jeff Stotts runs, focusing on sports injuries. He will provide short- and long-term updates on various injuries around the league.   

Al Horford (concussion)

The Celtics‘ big man was on a roll before a concussion sent him to the sidelines. He did not play in Boston’s win over the Lakers on Wednesday and will have to progress through the league’s mandated concussion protocol, a multi-step procedure in which the injured individual must complete a series of assessments.

The first step requires a player to be completely symptom-free at rest. Symptoms associated with concussions can vary but often include headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light. Once the symptoms have dissipated, the injured player must pass a neurocognitive test, most likely the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test.

The test is carried out a computer and analyzes the individual’s current status through an assortment of neuropsychological tests, including memory recall, shape and color recognition, and matching. The results are then compared to a set of baseline data gathered on each athlete prior to the start of the

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