While Al Horford maintains his significant presence with the Boston Celtics, the other two Dominicans in NBA basketball are not going through good times.
Horford, in his 16th season, remains a vital member of a Celtics team that looks to pick up where they left off last season, when they lost the Finals series to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
Although he missed playing time due to health protocols related to COVID-19 and the arrival of Mila, his fifth child with Miss Universe Amelia Vega, the veteran has continued to contribute on both sides of the court.
With an improved 3-point percentage of 44.8 percent — one of the best in the league — the 6-9 center and forward pairing pairs well on offense with powerhouses Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum. Allows them to work on both the perimeter and. with his entry.
On November 11, he established a personal best with 6 sets of three against the Denver Nuggets, while on November 23 against Dallas he went 5-for-5 from the field, including 4-for-4 on three-pointers. Was.
Indiana Pacers sophomore Chris Duarte got off to a great start when he scored 30 points in his season debut against the Brooklyn Nets, but an ankle injury sidelined him for a few minutes, which was used by Benedict Maturin (17.2) . ppg) and Andrew Neimhard (8.6) to “steal” minutes.
At his side, the Creoles’ third component in the league, Minnesota Timberwolves’ center and forward, Karl-Anthony Towns has been out of action for several weeks due to a sprained right calf.
Towns was in the process of “learning” on the court after defensive center Rudy Gobert arrived in the risky “Twin Towers” gambit by management during the days of 3-pointers.
Horford is averaging 10 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, not including his performance yesterday. On the 16th he passed Bob McAdoo for 67th in career blocked sets (1,149). Among active players, he ranks sixth in rebounds and seventh in blocks.
Duarte is averaging 8.7 points, down from 13.1 his first season, though he maintains a 35 percent three-pointer, a few points lower than in 2021-22.
Towns averaged 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists before leaving due to his injury, somewhat lower numbers in the first two departments, but with his best career passing-to-basket average.