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What has happened to Al Horford - Part II

 If Celtics fans are thinking that Al Horford looks a bit slower this October, they may be correct - but don't expect any "slump" to last. Remember what I wrote in January?

What Has Happened to Al Horford?

"Al Horford started the 2021-22 season off strong and active, but the likable vet seems to be slowing down. Or is something else going on? Here is the October-to-January comparison:"

October: 30.3 MPG - 13.0 PPG - 10.5 RPG - 3.0 APG - 3.8 BPG - 44% FG - 21% 3s

January:  26.9 MPG -  5.2 PPG -  6.0 RPG -  2.8 APG - 1.2 BPG - 34% FG - 25% 3s

Boston's Dominican center came out on fire at the start of the 2021-22 season, but seemed to cool off as the season progressed. But Horford was himself in the post-season when the Celtics came damn close to Banner 18. In an average of 35 minutes of playoff action, Al supplied 12.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG - while hitting 52% from the field and 48% of his threes.

In last night's 111-104 win over the Heat, he scored nine points (3-of-5 on 3-pointers), grabbed five boards and racked up one assist. Boston is 2-0 to start the season, and that is what matters.

Until Rob Williams returns, it just may be that Celtics fans will see a toned-down version of the likable big man as he is forced to supply more minutes at the center spot. An injured - or fatigued - Al Horford is not what the Boston Celtics want come playoff time. Right now, wins are all that count.

What has happened to Al Horford?

What has happened to Al Horford?


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