Al Horford may not be scoring the way the Celtics fans hope he will, but the big man with the high basketball IQ is contributing to Celtics wins. And lately, there have been a lot of Celtics wins. Horford is averaging just 45% shooting after shooting 50% or above in every season of his 10-year NBA career. But with the Celtics moving the ball as well as any team in the Eastern Conference, Horford is picking apart defenses with his passing. He’s averaging five assists per game in Boston, after dishing 3.2 in each of the last two seasons.
In Wednesday’s big home court 103-99 win against defending NBA champion Cleveland, Horford attempted only six shots (making three, including a 3-pointer) but grabbed 10 boards and dished 10 assists. Logging 32 minutes, Horford was a big part of the Celtics’ ability to hold the Cavs under a hundred points, too.