NBA News And Update: Why Al Horford Does Not Play At The Boston Celtics Game Against Miami Heat?
Many might be wondering why Al Horford missed the game against the Heat and many are also asking how the Celtics fared without him around.
Well, the Boston Celtics did quite well without Horford around. The team ruled the game right off the bat. They led the game during the first quarter with 21-19. The second quarter showed the same pattern as the first as the Celtics accumulated a score of 27 against 12.
The Miami Heat struggled to lead after the first half but was able to gain momentum in the third and fourth quarter. However, their score was not enough to make the lead. The game ended in 112-104 in favor of the Celtics.
According to Houston Chronicles, Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and handed out eight assists, Avery Bradley added 18 points which greatly helped the team win. Jae Crowder scored 17 points Kelly Olynyk had 14 for Boston.
On the other side of the court, Hassan Whiteside gave 25 points and 17 rebounds while Josh Richardson scored 12. Goran Dragic also had 27 points and 17 assists for the Heats.
The Celtics are doing really well despite not having Horford around. The Celtics power forward excused himself from the game for personal reasons. No, it is not because he is injured or in trouble but rather because of he and his wife Amelia Vega just welcomed a new addition to their family.
Horford just had a baby girl and this will give him more inspiration as he returns to practice on Tuesday according to their coach Brad Stevens.
CBS Local noted that Horford has signed a four-year, $113 million contract during the offseason. He averaged 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and a team-high 2.6 blocks over seven games.
Now the Celtics are at a 10-7 standing while Heat is now at 5-12. It seems like the Celtics are off to a good start.
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