Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving and Al Horford back to All-Star form

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Giannis Antetokounmpo
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Giannis Antetokounmpo /

NBA All-Star Weekend has officially passed us by, and Boston Celtics stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford played much like themselves in last night’s game.

The Boston Celtics were very well represented during this year’s events. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were in the Rising Stars Game, and Kyrie Irving and Al Horford were in the NBA All-Star Game. Everyone of the athletes listed represented the team well.

Essentially, this piece is just a short recap of how the two leaders of the team did in the contest, as Tatum and Brown have been covered already.

Uncle Drew debuted a new move!

Uncle Drew, the crafty ball handler with a tremendous touch, created a highlight that got him one wrong bounce away from being on Shaqtin’ a Fool. He performed a left-handed fake behind-the-back dribble that was poked away by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The move didn’t do much but make everyone laugh. But it did show a potential move that Irving is adding to his arsenal.

Kyrie Irving tallied 13 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds for Team Lebron last night. Something that really surprised everyone: he actually played defense in the All-Star Game! He and Paul George trapped James Harden at the end of the first half. The play led to a steal and slam to end the half. That’s the equivalent of holding a team to below 90 points in the regular season.

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Kyrie did a little bit of everything for Team Lebron last night. He was a big part of why they completed the comeback and won, 148-145. The biggest moment for him was assisting on the go-ahead layup by Lebron to win the game. That showed a great amount of awareness and selflessness on Irving’s part.

One of the big storylines going into the game was how James and Irving would interact. The verdict is that they are in good terms, so I won’t dive deep into that can of worms. In conclusion, Irving put on a show.

Horford contributed well off the bench

As I said in the beginning, Al Horford played much like himself. He scored, was very unselfish, and rebounded well considering his minutes. He was a great veteran presence, and he was playing on a team with bigs that play the same way he does.

With that being said, it would’ve been cool to be a fly on the wall of the practice facility, listening in on the conversations Al might’ve had with Joel Embiid or Draymond Green.

Next: Boston Celtics duo fly high in Rising Stars Challenge

Since I don’t have much to say about the former Atlanta Hawks big man and Florida alum, I will conclude this by saying that both players did very well, and showed that there are great things to come for the second half of the season.