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    Getty Marcus Smart, Al Horford Al Horford and the Boston Celtics have come under scrutiny over the last 24 hours, after the veteran big man dived onto the floor to retrieve a loose ball, hurting Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in the process. We’ve been here before, but last time it was Marcus Smart who hurt the superstar guard in a similar fashion. Horford, 35, is widely regarded as a consummate professional, and while he’s competitive, he’s never shown a vindictive side to his game. Speaking to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart came to the defense of Horford, noting that in the NBA Finals, every possession is played at the highest intensity level possible. "Nothing is intentional. It’s the Finals. We’re trying to win just like them. First one to the ball, as we all know, wins." Al Horford and Marcus Smart spoke with @ChrisBHaynes about the play that injured Stephen Curry late in the fourth quarter. ➡️ https://t.co/AUqSRMq71L pic.twitter.com/XAQ8xopQxm Read More From Heavy Turn $5 Into $200 With...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics As the Boston Celtics fell to a 107-88 loss against the Golden State Warriors on June 5, we witnessed a battle between Draymond Green and Jaylen Brown. To begin the game, the Warriors made an adjustment by placing Green as Brown’s defender for the night, and the three-time NBA champion got straight to work. Green was physical, aggressive, and at times, a little close to the mark, as he looked to get inside the Celtics stars head. With under a minute remaining in the second quarter of the contest, Green and Brown got entangled on the floor, with the Warriors defender’s legs landing on Brown’s head, and some shoving occurring as they returned to their feet. Neither player received a technical foul for the incident. Draymond Green and Jaylen Brown had to be separated after this interaction. pic.twitter.com/pyEdSepMjV — ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2022 During his post-game press conference, Brown addressed the situation, noting that he expected nothing less from Green, as that’s ‘who he is’ as a player. “No, not really. I’m...
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics In Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals, Jayson Tatum had a much better game scoring-wise than he did in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. Scoring 28 points for the Boston Celtics is a vast improvement over the 12 he previously scored against Golden State. However, the 3:4 assist-to-turnover ratio he put up in Game 2 is much worse than the 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio he put up in Game 1, which played a role in how Tatum ended up with a plus/minus of minus-36. Among those displeased with Tatum’s play was Al Horford’s sister, Anna, who didn’t like that Tatum was creating his own offense by himself rather than relying on team basketball. Jayson doesn’t have to do it alone… We play best when we play team ball. Need to get other guys involved. — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) June 6, 2022 Boston committed 18 turnovers while dishing out only 24 assists as a team in Game 2. In Game 1, the team committed only 12 turnovers while dishing...
    Getty Draymond Green talks to Marcus Smart during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The growing animosity between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals is now extending beyond the players to include their immediate family members as well. After a series of testy exchanges on the court involving Golden State’s Draymond Green, the sister of Celtics big man Al Horford took to Twitter to sound off. Her comments come just a few days after Green appeared to discredit some unlikely performances from Horford and other members of the Celtics in Game 1, which drew a defensive response from some of Boston’s players. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Horford Takes Aim at GreenGreen had some tense moments early in Sunday’s Game 2, getting hit with a technical foul after a shoving match with Celtics forward Grant Williams early in the first quarter. He came close to a second technical and an automatic ejection later when he and Jaylen Brown...
    MIAMI (AP) — The game was over. So, finally, was Al Horford’s journey. He grabbed what would be the final rebound of the Eastern Conference finals, threw the ball skyward, sprinted to join his teammates in celebration and then dropped to his knees to slap the floor. His time has come. The oldest player — by six years — on the Boston Celtics’ roster will savor this trip to the NBA Finals in ways that his teammates simply cannot. He will finally play in the title series, with the Celtics set to open the matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, one day before Horford’s 36th birthday. “Nobody deserves it more,” Boston guard Jaylen Brown said. Nobody in the history of the NBA has played more playoff games without making the finals than Horford; Sunday night’s 100-96 East title-clinching win in Miami was his 141st postseason appearance. When the ball is tipped in San Francisco for the start of Celtics-Warriors, that dubious distinction becomes Paul Millsap’s possession; he’s been in 130 playoff games, none in the finals. Horford...
    Getty Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics When Jimmy Butler didn’t return to the court for the second half of the Boston Celtics’ loss to the Miami Heat on May 21, it was reported the star wing was dealing with some knee swelling. However, it’s now come to light that the Heat believe Butler’s injury may have been sustained during an incident involving Payton Pritchard. The Celtics guard falls between Butler’s legs is is seen grabbing at Miami’s star player leg as he tries to get back to his feet. @miaheatbeat @5ReasonsSports is this the knee Jimmy is dealing with? ESPN talked about the Poole play on Morant for decades, but I haven’t seen any mention of Pritchard yanking at Jimmy’s knee. pic.twitter.com/feydGGs9ND — court corner (@courtcorner) May 22, 2022 When speaking to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra sounded off about the incident, citing that he didn’t believe it was a basketball play from Pritchard. “It was not a basketball play. We’re not sure why it was determined it was a basketball play, or...
    The Eastern Conference finals equation changed yet again for the Boston Celtics, with the team reporting the guard Derrick White would miss Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena against the Miami Heat for the birth of a child. White had started the Celtics’ series-opening loss on Tuesday night in place of Marcus Smart, who was sidelined by a mid-foot sprain. White is expected back for Saturday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at TD Garden. “It came sooner than expected,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said of White’s plans, “but we support our guys always in that situation.” The Celtics acquired White at midseason from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for former Heat guard Josh Richardson. Smart was back working with the Celtics ahead of Thursday night’s game. The latest twist with White comes with Celtics big man Al Horford in NBA health-and-safety protocols, and with Heat guard Kyle Lowry sidelined for a second consecutive week with a hamstring strain. Horford was awaiting test results Thursday, upgraded Thursday to questionable. “He was not feeling ill,” Udoka said Thursday...
    MIAMI (AP) — Marcus Smart is hoping to play. Al Horford is likely to remain out. And Derrick White headed home early, for a very good reason. The Boston Celtics were hoping to have at least one of their missing starters back for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. Smart’s mid-foot sprain has improved to the point where the Celtics are expecting he can play in the series’ second game against the Miami Heat. Horford, as of Thursday afternoon, remained in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and the Celtics were bracing for him to miss a second consecutive game. The Celtics haven’t said if Horford tested positive for COVID-19 and are listing him as doubtful — not out — entering the day, which offered a slight bit of hope that he could play in Game 2. “We’re unsure about his status until some testing results come back,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. And White, who started and played 29 minutes in Boston’s 118-107 loss in Game 1 to Miami on Tuesday, will not play in Game...
    Getty Images Al Horford #42 the Celtics hugs his father, Tito Horford after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals MILWAUKEE — Boston Celtics big man Al Horford scored a playoff career-high 30 points against the champion Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals’ best-of-7 series, which included a viral moment between Horford and the 2021 Finals MVP Giannis Antetokunmpo. Horford’s vicious dunk over Antetokounmpo happened early in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 116-108 win. It helped Boston complete an 11-point second-half comeback before Jayson Tatum scored 12 of his 30 points in the final frame to secure the victory and even up the series, 2-2. Tito Horford on Antetokounmpo: ‘He Was Real Cocky About it’ In attendance for Game 4 at the Fiserv Forum was Al’s father, former Buck Tito Horford, who spoke to Heavy.com hours after the Celtics’ crucial win and shared his take on what he saw was an ongoing back-and-forth between Al and Giannis. “As a father, I was jumping up and down, and I have it on my phone,”...
    Getty Boston Celtics big man Al Horford. Among all the hoopla surrounding Robert Williams III’s injury status for the upcoming playoff series between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, something that has not been talked about enough is the status of Al Horford. Since no one knows the exact date of Williams’ return, his absence means there will be a lot more responsibility for Horford to shoulder this upcoming postseason. That may not be too welcome for Horford since he is 35 years old and has dealt with back soreness in recent weeks. Luckily, Horford says he’ll be more than ready for the tough road ahead health-wise thanks to the rest he’s had. Al Horford says his back is fine: "This week has been very helpful and I'm just excited to play tomorrow." — Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) April 16, 2022 Outside of two bouts with COVID-19 earlier in the year, Horford has largely remained healthy in his first season back with the Celtics. The 69 games he’s played for Boston this year are largely the same number...
    Getty Al Horford of the Boston Celtics being guarded by OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa of the Toronto Raptors. Despite the fact that the Boston Celtics only have one regular-season game left, they still don’t know who they will be facing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Unless the Celtics manage to climb up to the two seed again, which is unlikely, they will face one of two teams – the Chicago Bulls or the Toronto Raptors. But the latter of those two matchups is the one everyone is talking about. As of January 15, unvaccinated players are ineligible to enter Canada and are thus not allowed to play road games in Toronto. This sparked a question amongst the media and Celtics fans – which players in the Eastern Conference are unvaccinated? While the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat both confirmed to ESPN that they are fully vaccinated, the Philadelphia 76ers and Celtics declined to say. And while it was eventually revealed that Matisse Thybulle is the unvaccinated player in Philadelphia, Celtics fans were still left...
    Getty Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks regarding certain Boston Celtics players’ vaccination statuses. With a potential playoff series against the Toronto Raptors hanging over their heads, this is crucial information, as Canada does not allow unvaccinated players to enter the country, as of January 15. The Celtics journeyed to Canada for a game against the Raptors on March 28, but four of their key players did not travel with the team – Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, and Robert Williams. All four were listed as out due to either rest or a nagging injury, but many began to wonder if those designations were merely cover-ups. On a March 29 episode of TSN’s OverDrive, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated seemingly put all that uncertainty to rest, revealing that two of the four are, in fact, unvaccinated – Brown and Horford. (H/T ProCity Hoops) pic.twitter.com/b6JDacbxaJ — ProCity Hoops (@ProCityHoops) April 8, 2022 The variable in all this is, who can play in Toronto? Like, the Celtics have...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Celtics head coach Ime Udoka seemingly appeased any concerns regarding the team’s vaccination status — mainly their ability to play in Canada should Boston match up with the Toronto Raptors in the postseason — on Monday when he said all of Boston’s players were available to play there if healthy. Al Horford also said he’d be ready to play wherever on Wednesday, which should have put the issue to bed. But an article on ESPN, plus continued vagueness from the Celtics this week whenever asked if their players are vaccinated from COVID-19, has kept the kerfuffle alive. Canada changed its rules in mid-January requiring visiting players to be vaccinated to enter the country, and Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Horford skipping Monday’s visit to the Raptors fueled the speculation. READ MORE: California Man Arrested For Making Threats, Causing Hours-Long Manhunt On Tufts UniversityGranted, Monday night was the second leg of a back-to-back and all three players were listed on Sunday’s injury report as well, with Horford also sitting out Sunday night’s win over the Timberwolves. But as...
    Getty Images While fielding questions about the Boston Celtics’ upcoming matchup against the Golden State Warriors, Celtics veteran Al Horford was elated when asked about his former teammate Isaiah Thomas. Thomas scored 42 points in his G-League debut for the Grand Rapids Gold. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Al Horford Says Isaiah Thomas ‘Showing He Can Still Play’After playing two seasons with Horford and the Celtics, the former 2017 MVP candidate and NBA journeyman was fighting to complete a comeback and drew one step closer to lamenting a new contract. “I saw that he had like 42!” Horford yelped when Thomas’s name was mentioned during his media availability after practice Thursday. Al then offered his perspective on Thomas’ continuous drive over the years. “I haven’t been in touch with IT. I caught up with him earlier in the summer,” Horford added. “I haven’t talked to him since but him playing with Team USA, him going to the G League; IT loves to play...
    Getty Images Al Horford of the Celtics One of the many faults of the 2020-21 Boston Celtics team was its lack of true identity, albeit the ascension of its rising All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Outside of monster scoring performances from one, or both, Boston didn’t have a whole lot to fall back on, last season.Al Horford On Celtics’ Defense: ‘That’s Our Identity’However, this season, under new management, including first-time head coach Ime Udoka, whose inherited characteristics are injecting into the Celtics’ newfound approach to defense, and starting to adapt, thus far. “We’ve been building it and I feel like that’s our identity; a tough defensive team,” Horford said after Monday’s 98-92 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We’re going to make it hard on people and I feel like that has to be our identity because that’s going to put us in a position to win games night in and night out.” While holding opponents...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics tip off their 2021-22 season on Wednesday. But it remains unclear if they’ll have Jaylen Brown or Al Horford in New York against the Knicks. Both players remain in the NBA’s COVID health and safety protocols after testing positive in recent weeks. Celtics head coach Ime Udoka did not have much of an update on their status Monday, as the team waits for test results. READ MORE: Stephon Gilmore Set To Begin Practicing With Panthers This Week“Nothing new. Those guys are doing well but waiting to hear back about testing results and all of that,” said Udoka. “They’re doing well as of now and we hope to have them back. We’ll let you know when we know.” READ MORE: Dak Prescott Believes Mac Jones Will Be 'A Good Quarterback For A Long Time'It was announced on Oct. 8 that Brown had tested positive for COVID, with Horford’s positive test coming out on Oct. 12. It’s unclear when either tested positive or if they’re vaccinated. Udoka tested positive ahead of Boston’s Media Day, but was...
    Getty Boston Celtics big man Grant Williams poses during the 2019 NBA rookie photoshoot. The Boston Celtics have seen a number of strong performances from bench players over the course of the preseason. During the team’s October 9 win over the Toronto Raptors, though, third-year power forward Grant Williams showed off some particularly exciting offensive prowess. Williams led the Beantowners’ bench effort that night by scoring 12 points and hitting two of his four shot attempts from three-point range. He also threw down a gnarly slam on some off-ball action after a slick feed from Al Horford. It was a play that served as proof of concept for the work he put in over the summer to slim down and make himself more viable offensively, as both a cutter and a shooter/scorer. And Williams is all about the progression. “That dunk made me feel a little bit more happy,” Williams said, via CLNS Media. “I’m getting in the air a little bit, feeling a little bit lighter on my feet, defending a little bit better, trying to improve...
    US Coronavirus: With possible vaccine on the horizon, country is likely in last big surge of the Covid-19 pandemics toughest phase Growing tomatoes in the Arabian Desert Kaleb Wesson: ‘My game is kind of like Al Horford and Nikola Jokic’ Ohio State big man Kaleb Wesson has made drastic improvements to his game and to his body, which has helped him prepare him for the pros. © Provided by HoopsHype USA TODAY Wesson, who recorded the best score at the three-point star drill during the 2020 NBA draft combine, spoke to HoopsHype about training for the draft with his older brother Andre Wesson, who is also eligible to be selected. He also touched on how he dramatically improved his weight and what he learned from former first-round pick Jared Sullinger. Make sure to read until the end to learn about his favorite taco recipe as well. Please note this interview was very minorly edited for brevity and clarity. When you're talking to NBA teams, what are some of the things you want them to know? ...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS)- The NBA season is just about ready to resume. The Sixers will play their first game of the restart on Saturday, August 1 against the Indiana Pacers in Orlando. While things during the regular season weren’t exactly going the Sixers’ way, there has been a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the team since the preparation began for the restart. For one, guard/forward Ben Simmons is healthy. Center Joel Embiid also reported being in great condition upon entering the bubble. And, Sixers coach Brett Brown has been tinkering with the lineup, moving Simmons to the power forward spot and inserting Shake Milton into the point guard role in the starting five. That move intrigues CBSSports.com NBA writer James Herbert, who sees Milton as a good fit for what the team needs. “I think they have real upside, especially on the defensive end. I think everything that has come out in the last few days of Shake Milton playing point guard and Al Horford coming off of the bench, that is I think what we should have expected based on...
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