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Al Horford defends missing game vs. Heat for daughter’s birth

Al Horford

Boston Celtics’ center Al Horford had just returned last week from a nine-game absence after suffering a concussion, and on Monday night, he decided to skip their game against the Miami Heat to attend to his wife, who just gave birth to their daughter.

His decision drew a lot of criticism from the media and questioned his commitment to the team. However, the 6-foot-10 Florida product defended his paternity leave and pointed out his family’s unique situation as well as giving an update about his wife’s delivery.

Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens also came to his player’s defense and made it clear through his statement that the team supports Horford’s decision to be with family.

“Our greatest responsibilities are as sons, husbands, fathers. I think that’s your No. 1 job. We’re thrilled for the Horfords and we’re thrilled to have Al back at practice today and be ready to go tomorrow. Obviously, family is really really important.”

The 30-year-old big man will return to their  lineup on Wednesday when the Celtics host the Detroit Pistons. With the addition of his daughter to his growing family, better performances can be expected from an inspired Al Horford.

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