Horford mustered nine points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, five blocks and two assists over 30 minutes in Tuesday's opening night 105-87 win over Philadelphia. The 32 year old veteran helped lead Boston to a big Eastern Conference win despite having modest numbers on the offensive end. His 30 minutes played led the team and his steady play was a calming influence on a night when star point guard Kyrie Irving shot a dismal 2-of-14 from the field. Expect more offensive production from Horford Friday night in Toronto.
Horford (wrist) participated in Monday's practice and said he's good to go for Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Cavaliers, Jay King of The Athletic reports. Horford sat out Sunday's exhibition with a sprained right wrist, but it's clearly nothing serious as he's rejoined practice just a day later. Look for Horford to suit up as usual for Tuesday's contest, though it wouldn't be surprising if his minutes were limited a bit in what is essentially a meaningless game. With Horford re-entering the starting five, look for Aron Baynes to head back to his typical bench role.
Horford is dealing with a right wrist sprain and has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason matchup against the Hornets. This is the first we're hearing of the injury, but considering it's just the preseason, the Celtics are going to be as cautious as possible with Horford and hold him out. He doesn't appear to be in danger of missing any regular season time and his next opportunity to return to action in the preseason will be Tuesday's tilt with the Cavaliers. At this point, the Celtics haven't released who will start in Horford's place, but guys like Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis or Robert Williams appear to be the most likely candidates.
Horford provided 17 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 40 minutes in Sunday's 87-79 ECF Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers. Big Al was hot in the first half, scoring 14 points from from 6-for-7 shooting. But a refocused Cavalier defense shut down Horford in the second half, forcing younger Celtics to attempt deep jumpers. Cleveland's strategy worked as Boston shot only 34 percent from the field. This post season, Horford was the lone veteran leader on a Celtic squad missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. He'll return next year to a star studded roster with championship expectations.
Horford totaled just six points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 109-99 loss to Cleveland. Horford was a no-show Friday as the Celtics were unable to secure the series, now having to travel home for a Game Seven on Sunday. Horford, along with a number of other Celtics, has been much better on his home floor and he is going to need to keep this trend going if they are to advance to the NBA Finals. Look for Horford to be much better on both ends of the floor in what should be an epic finale for what has been a topsy-turvy series.
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