By 3 p.m., expect Horford to declare himself relatively healthy and ready to compete in the playoffs. The man’s a bigger flip-flopper than my 1998 Teva special editions, but I think the moral of the story is this: Even if Horford plays, he won’t be anywhere close to full strength. That bodes well for the Celtics, unless Horford is simply doing this entire “I will, I won’t” charade just to keep Boston off balance during its preparation.
If Las Vegas gave you an over/under of 25.5 for amount of points Avery Bradley will score tonight, what would you take?
The Boston Celtics’ run to the Larry O’Brien trophy — err, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The Celtics’ run to the second round of the NBA playoffs might have just gotten a little easier.
Shortly after describing his chances of playing in the playoffs as 7 on a scale of 10, Al Horford told Yahoo! Sports he expects to miss the entire Hawks playoff run. This effects the Celtics, of course, who meet Atlanta in round one. (Sulia)
“I don’t feel like it is realistic that I can play for the playoffs,” Horford said. “Obviously, if we advance and start going we will see. But as of right now the way I feel I think I am out for the playoffs.”
I don’t want to jinx the Celtics or anything, but if they can’t beat the Hawks without Al Horford, even on the road, they don’t deserve to advance to the second round.
I continue to worry about Ray Allen’s ankles. May they recover shortly, because right now, Boston’s bench has less ammunition than a water pistol in the middle of the desert.
Johnny Drama would love to have Ray Allen’s ginormous calves, but moving around with boulders on the back of your leg isn’t always good.
Allen blames his Plymouth Rock-sized calves for his recent health issues, telling CSNNE, “They’re always like the bane of my pain, of my existence, because I always feel tightness in there. When they do get tight, it keeps my ankles from moving.”
The good news is that Allen will return to the Celtics lineup tonight against the Knicks and shouldn’t have any limitations. An MRI revealed no structural damage and the swelling has disappeared. (Boston Herald)
“I ask what I need to know, and he’s ready to play,” Rivers said before shootaround at Madison Square Garden a short time ago. “There’s no minute restriction or anything. The swelling’s gone and he’s ready to play.”
“It just swelled on me,” he said. “After the Miami game (on April 10) it just blew up. There’s really no rhyme or reason.”