While it still may not be clear whether Boston Celtics big man Al Horford was joking when he seemed irked about someone laughing at him referring to himself as an elite shooter in a recent post-shootaround interview, what is clear is that the Florida alum is indeed elite when it comes to the 3-ball (Horford had the second-highest 3-point rate of 44.6% in the regular season), but also finding ways to motivate himself in Boston’s East semis series vs. the Philadelphia 76ers..
“I just thought it was funny,” said Horford to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “It got kind of carried away. It really has carried a lot. I’m hearing from a lot of people I haven’t heard from in a while sending me things about it. It is what it is.”
Asked if he was bothered by the laugh, the Dominican forward almost wriggled out of a direct answer before sliding it in at the last moment.
“I mean, we’re just trying to keep it light, man… I’m excited for this opportunity that we have. And, yes. (T)he reality is that I am (an elite shooter), said Horford. “So, that’s kind of that.”
Given the exchange seemed to spark a 5-of-7 shooting night for the Boston forward in Game 3, we hope Horford finds more perceived slights for every game of the 2023 postseason.
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