NBA Playoffs – Al Horford leads Boston to victory vs. Bucks: From siding to main Celtic of the series

Al Horford saved the Boston Celtics from a possible premature knockout against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 with the best playoff game of his career. The 35-year-old is enormously valuable even in old age and thus gives the lie to all critics.

“It’s really rare, but when he comes out, he does it,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said of Al Horford’s rare emotional outburst early in the fourth quarter. when the latter dunked over Giannis Antetokounmpo. The often stoic Horford made what was possibly his best playoff game at 35 and once again underlined his worth in this series.

No, Horford is no longer the Giannis stopper he was three or four years ago – nobody is – and yet hardly any opponent poses as many difficulties for the MVP as the Celtics Big. The fact that Antetokounmpo put Horford on the poster in the third quarter nagged at him, his sister noticed that too. The reaction of the oldies had it all.

“The way he looked at me and the way it was going at that moment didn’t suit me. That flipped a switch for me,” Horford said after the game. 30 points, five threes converted – Horford wrapped the Celtics on his shoulders as it looked as if the reigning champions would actually go 3-1 in the series and push Boston to the brink of the abyss.

Instead, Horford provided the right answer early in the fourth quarter as the Bucks held a 7-point lead. In just seven minutes, the Big scored 16 points (6/6 FG) and Boston suddenly led again by 4 points. Two middle-distance jumpers, the dunk with a foul, a small hook shot with a foul, and two three-pointers – Horford displayed his full arsenal of skills before Jayson Tatum brought home the 116-108 win.

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