Boston says Al Horford out due to rest just minutes after photo saying ‘no days off’
The Boston Celtics frequently rest big man Al Horford during the regular season to preserve him for the playoffs. This is not a secret, as it is something the Celtics have done for quite some time. This year, Horford has battled some knee issues and has been given intermittent rest in an attempt to keep him fresh for late April and beyond.
Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers will be one of those evenings where Boston decides to sit Horford. Given how much Horford has played lately (including a back-to-back over the weekend) and the quality of the opponent, resting him makes complete sense.
But it’s a bit awkward to announce you’re sitting a guy right after you posted a tweet of Horford saying “no days off.” You wouldn’t do that, would you Celtics?
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) January 22, 2019
They literally ran those tweets eight minutes apart, so that is just great.
Regardless, some rest would probably do Horford some good. The 32-year-old has played over 30 minutes in three of the last four games, most recently clocking 32 minutes in a 107-99 win over the Miami heat on Monday night. Horford finished with an impressive 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in the outing.
Horford has been terrific this month overall, registering 12.2 points, 6.6 boards, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks over 26.3 minutes per game. Meanwhile, he has shot an impressive 58.6 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from three-point range, and 100 percent from the free-throw line.
Overall this season, the Dominican is tallying 12.2 points, 6.4 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.4 blocks across 28.2 minutes a night while making 51.9 percent of his field-goal attempts, 36.4 percent of his triples and 76.7 percent of his foul shots.