The Boston Celtics stumbled to a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers 99 to 105 during Sunday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.
Although his big game came in a losing effort, Horford was still an instrumental part of even keeping the Celtics in the game. One of the most interesting, and important, storylines of the game had to be his increased scoring and all-around playmaking, racking up impressive numbers by bullying the 76ers in the Post.
And while there have been numerous players that have stepped up during Isaiah Thomas’ absence, such as Jae Crowder and Terry Rozier, Horford is by far the one I’m most excited about. During this small two game stretch, Horford has scored a combined 41 points, 27 of those coming against this Philadelphia squad.
Not only that, but he has continued to impress with his rim-protecting abilities, racking up 4 blocks against Brook Lopez and the Nets and 3 against Dario Saric and his 76ers. His timely blocks were a huge part of the Celtics’ success during the second half of the game, as they jump-started fast breaks and energized his teammates.
Many have also praised Horford for his unselfish attitude and team-oriented mindset, which I think is absolutely fantastic because he really is the ultimate team-player.
But what Horford really needs to understand is that in order to help his team win, he needs to become MORE selfish. He needs to embrace the mentality that he is the second in command behind Isaiah Thomas, ESPECIALLY when it comes to scoring.
Granted, this doesn’t have to come at the expense of any of his other areas of expertise, like his passing ability. Instead, he needs to think of getting the ball deep in the post and look for his shot early, which should lead to more help from the other team, which in turn will only lead to more passing opportunities.
We have seen what Horford is capable of when it comes to passing and rebounding. The team’s best facilitator, Horford is a guy that can see a play develop and make the right decision 99 percent of the time. This is one his greatest attributes, and it’s what makes him such a spectacular teammate and player.
But there is a problem with being too selfless, and I don’t think Horford knows this at the moment. Perhaps this can be a game that opens his eyes in a way.
The Celtics next game is a big one Monday against the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m (Eastern Time), which should have big playoff implications. Expect a playoff atmosphere and a relatively physical game, along with the return of the Celtics’ lone All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Hopefully Big Al can put on another Big Show.
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