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The Celtics were without three key players as Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon and Jaylen Brown were all unavailable in Saturday’s win over the Pistons. Horford and Brogdon were somewhat expected. Horford hasn’t played in the second game of a back-to-back all season. Brogdon missed Friday’s win over Denver because of right hamstring tightness, though he’s considered to be day-to-day.

But Brown was a late scratch as he was initially listed as questionable on the injury report because of a left knee contusion. Brown was downgraded to out pregame as the Celtics elected to be cautious with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla provided an update postgame on Brown’s status.

“His knee just didn’t react from a 24-hour period, less than 24 hours,” Mazzulla said. “So we just thought of what’s best in the long-term is to have him rehab that and hopefully he’ll be ready Monday.”

The Celtics’ next game is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday at TD Garden against the Thunder. Considering Oklahoma City isn’t a contender, the Celtics could go conservative again with their star. Boston should have Horford back, and Brogdon could also make his return after missing the past two games.

Brown suffered the contusion when he took a hard fall in Friday’s win over the Nuggets. He did go on to play the rest of the game, and his postgame comments made it sound like it’s not a serious issue going forward.

“I’m alright,” Brown said postgame. “I had the doctor take a look at my knee. I rolled my ankle last game too. So just a little bit banged up, but I’ll be fine.”

The Celtics went on to beat the Pistons after Jayson Tatum dropped a season-high 43 points in 41 minutes. Tatum stepped up all night without three key players out.