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38 years old and 10 points per game. Who supports Boston’s championship ambitions in the NBA Finals?

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 17:24:59

Al Horford, Boston center, is 38 years old. He appeared in 182 career playoff games, tying Hall of Famer John Stockton for the most postseason appearances without a championship. The greatest number of games without titles were held by Stockton’s faithful teammate and also a member of the Hall of Fame: Karl Malone. Horford will surpass John on Monday and take clear second place in NBA playoff history in games without a ring.

Horford entered the NBA at age 21 as a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Florida. In the 2007 draft, he went third overall to Atlanta, behind Greg Oden (Portland) and Kevin Durant (Seattle, now Oklahoma). Al spent nine solid seasons with the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. During this period, the “great” was selected to the All-Star Game four times.

Al Horford in 2013 and 2024

Photo: Kevin C. Cox, Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

At the end of the 2010/2011 season, the basketball player was included in the third all-star team; In his debut season, he only lost to Durant for the title of best regular season rookie, falling behind him by a small margin. 155 points. For the 2016/2017 season, Horford joined Boston, which he represents to this day, but the center spent the 2019/2020 season in Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia, and the following year in young Shay Gilgeous’s Oklahoma -Alexander. After which Al returned to the Celtics, where this season is his sixth as a Celtic.

Despite his age, the Boston veteran is an asset to his team, even in the current playoff run, where he is averaging a seemingly modest 9.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and two assists in 30.3 minutes (!) in field. Horford is valued above all for his defensive play. A striking example would be the first victorious game of the final series against Dallas, where Al skillfully defended against the Texans’ star players: Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. And the way Horford opened the scoring in the series deserves special attention!

The video is available on the Telegram channel “Basketball | “AANBA.”

Thus, Doncic, under the protection of our hero, only made one shot out of eight attempts from the field. And if we take Al’s overall impact, the Mavericks shot a paltry 26.3% defending him. We are talking about five successful shots out of 19. Horford himself in this match rose to 19th place in history in terms of rebounds collected, surpassing the legendary Magic Johnson with 1471.

It is true that to reach the first place, which is occupied by the no less legendary and deceased Bill Russell, it is necessary to lift the ball 2630 times after a failure. The center currently has 16,407 points, 10,045 rebounds, 4,095 assists, 1,477 blocked shots and 976 steals in the regular season and playoffs. It is notable that only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett perform better in these statistical metrics.

The video is available on the Telegram channel “Basketball | “AANBA.”

“When we talk about Al Horford’s journey, you think about how incredible it all is. He seems to be getting younger and younger. He played on great teams. From what I’ve heard, he’s always been a great teammate,” Dallas head coach Jason Kidd said. “Al has taken on the starting five role and at this point in his career it can’t be overlooked that he is a key part of our path to the Finals,” Jayson Tatum said.

It’s players like Al Horford who are the unheralded heroes. This is the unfortunate fate of role players. You can say one thing about these basketball players: “My God, how lucky this team is, because they have it!” “It’s very funny. It seems to me that everyone has been talking about my age since I was 23 years old. Because I was already thinking about the future, thinking about the team, thinking about the future. And this is exactly what I am,” said our hero a little later.

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