Jayson Tatum on Al Horford: Following the Celtics’ Wednesday night time win over the 76ers — achieved with out a number of starters within the lineup — Jayson Tatum was requested concerning the affect of Al Horford.
Horford, 37, posted 14 factors, eight rebounds, three assists, 5 blocks, and no turnovers as he returned to the beginning lineup with Kristaps Porzingis out. Tatum who has been teammates with Horford in a number of stints courting again to his time as a rookie, credited the veteran for serving to him develop.
“He was any person who actually took me below their wing and I simply all the time remembered he would periodically and at random occasions all through my first yr ask me how I’m doing, how I’m adjusting,” Tatum mentioned of Horford. “He was any person I actually revered in the best way that he went about his work. He was by no means late, all the time on time, all the time getting in his work on the health club, all the time caring for his physique.”
Now 25 and in his prime, Tatum mentioned that whereas the dynamic with Horford has developed, it stays essential.
“I realized rather a lot from him from a routine standpoint, and as I’ve gotten older, our relationship has grown,” he mentioned. “It’s based mostly on respect, the respect I’ve for him and likewise. We all know we want one another.
“Even now he requested me how I’m feeling, how’s my physique, that’s who I sit subsequent to on the airplane,” Tatum concluded. “Al’s like my favourite teammate I’ve ever had.”
Trivia: Al Horford was the third total choose within the 2007 NBA Draft. Who was taken first total that yr?
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Trace: Ohio State.
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The Celtics, regardless of lacking Jaylen Brown and Porzingis, had been in a position to maintain off the 76ers in a 117-107 win. Jayson Tatum (29 factors) led the best way for Boston.
Tomorrow, the Celtics will face the Raptors in Toronto within the NBA’s in-season match at 7:30 p.m.
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On this present day: In 1986, the Patriots accomplished a miraculous comeback in opposition to the Rams in a 30-28 win on the final play of the sport. After blowing an early 13-0 lead (in what was Rams rookie quarterback Jim Everett’s first NFL look), New England trailed 28-16 within the fourth quarter.
However after Irving Fryar caught a six-yard landing to chop the deficit to 28-23, the Patriots had been ultimately in a position to get the ball again regardless of Los Angeles working again Eric Dickerson’s 102-yard day.
Tony Eason proceeded to guide the Patriots downfield, and positioned New England on the Rams’ 25-yard line with three seconds remaining after scrambling 26 yards on the earlier play earlier than barely escaping out of bounds to cease the clock.
With one play remaining, Eason threw the ball as much as the again of the tip zone. New England large receiver Stanley Morgan leapt highest, tipping the ball again into the air. Fryar, standing close to the again proper nook of the tip zone, grabbed the ball after Morgan’s tip, and held on for the gorgeous game-winner.
It additionally wasn’t misplaced on each the gamers and the media that Fryar’s heroics got here precisely 5 weeks after Dave Henderson’s walk-off residence run — one other miracle — that additionally got here in Anaheim (in opposition to the Angels) within the American League Championship Collection.
“There we had been, two outs, two on, backside of the ninth,” quipped Patriots middle Pete Brock. “And Henderson hits one other one.”
Day by day spotlight: Mekhi Mason threw down a thunderous dunk, although Texas nonetheless beat Rice ultimately, 80-64.
Trivia reply: Greg Oden
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