Al Horford once again outperforms his counterparts
One of the many reasons why Boston was able to escape Milwaukee was because of Al Horford’s suffocating defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo. Every time the Bucks would try to use the pick & roll with the Greek Freak, Horford would switch on to him and prevent the 7-footer from finishing an easy layup.
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The star big man continues to be the stabilizing force that the Celtics need, especially without their two biggest playmakers.
Even on the offensive end, Milwaukee had no answer for him. According to Basketball Reference, Horford amassed 18 ppg to go along with 9 rpg throughout the entire seven games. In Game 7, Horford obtained his best playoff game to date, scoring 26 points on 13-17 shooting. He shot 58 percent overall in the series.
It’s sickening to see NBA fans underestimate Horford continuously, especially since he’s been the arguably the most consistent player on the court in these playoffs. According to SB nation, all but four of Al’s field goals happened in the paint, setting the tone for the rest of the team to contribute.
Terry Rozier had 26 in the seventh contest and probably would not have had the game he did without Horford’s ability to stretch the floor and make pinpoint passes. Hopefully, fans witness similar input against Philly.