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Al Horford
Al Horford
Position: C-F
Born: 06/03/86
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $12,000,000
Horford, who was leading the Hawks with 14 points and had four rebounds at the time of the play, said he told referee Ken Mauer that he thought Dellavedova was diving at his legs. “If it was on purpose or not we don’t know, maybe it wasn’t on purpose,” Horford said. “But with (Dellavedova’s) track record, I just felt like it was. And again, on my part it was very, very poor judgement.”
Horford responded to the contact by elbowing Dellavedova. Following a referee review, Horford was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected and Dellavedova received a technical foul. Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief for the game, told a pool reporter Horford received a flagrant 2 because, “He made contact above the shoulders, to the shoulder and head area, of Dellavedova.”
LeBron James, sharing the postgame podium with Matthew Dellavedova following the Cavaliers’ 114-111 overtime win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, vehemently defended the point guard against any suggestion that Dellavedova is a dirty player. “I’m a little bit off about it because this is my guy, this is my teammate and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap,” James said. “He doesn’t deserve it and I don’t like it.”
The call had a direct impact on the game which the Cavaliers won 114-111 in overtime on Sunday. Cleveland took a 3-0 series lead and can sweep Atlanta in Game 4 on Tuesday. Atlanta’s Shelvin Mack missed two three-point attempts in the final 4.9 seconds. But two topics, and one more than the other, will dominate the conversation until then: — LeBron James, who missed his first 10 shots and 16 of his first 19, registered his 12th career playoff triple-double, scoring 37 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and delivering 13 assists. He scored Cleveland’s final five points in overtime, including a go-ahead three-pointer, and altered Jeff Teague’s potential go-ahead shot with 31 seconds left in overtime.
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Korver left Game 2 with a sprained right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Al Horford, who already has a bad finger, limped off the court during Game 2 but returned. “We’ll know more tomorrow about Kyle. Again, same with DeMarre,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll be hopeful that it’s something relatively minor, and he’ll be able to bounce back and play. Until tomorrow we won’t know more. Al Horford, he had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot. The feedback from him after the game, I think that he’s going to be OK. It’s just one of those things. Couple hits, couple bangs, we’re hopeful that he’ll be fine going into Game 3.”
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The Hawks disposed of the Wizards 94-91 on Friday night in Game 6 at the Verizon Center to win the conference semifinals 4-2. The Hawks had not won two playoff rounds since 1958 — when in St. Louis they won the NBA title. The conference finals begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta between the No. 1-seed Hawks and the No. 2-seed Cavaliers. “It’s a good feeling,” Al Horford said in a joyous Hawks locker room. “I don’t know if it’s set in quite yet, honestly. It’s a good feeling. I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to the next round.”
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The Hawks center swooped in to snatch an offensive rebound and dropped in a shot from right under the basket with 1.9 seconds remaining, giving top-seeded Atlanta an 82-81 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “I wasn’t supposed to be involved in the play at all,” Horford said. “When I saw the ball go up, I just ran in there.”
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Taken to the limit again, the Hawks finally pulled away for a 106-90 victory over the Wizards on Tuesday night that was much closer than the score indicated and evened the series at one game apiece. DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Kyle Korver bounced back from a miserable first half, and Al Horford made some huge plays when the Hawks needed them most. “We knew this was a game we had to win,” Carroll said. “It was kind of a funky game.”
On the other side of the spectum, we have Atlanta. The Hawks’ four All-Stars (Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver) combined for $35,753,521 in salaries in 2014-15, which is way less than Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire alone made in New York. Each win cost Atlanta less than $1 million. No other team in the NBA can say that, even though Golden State came close
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Hawks center Al Horford says he’s definitely playing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets. Horford dislocated his right pinky finger in the series opener, won by the Hawks 99-92. After a workout Monday, he said there was still some doubt about his playing status. But, after a full practice Tuesday, Horford said the finger feels much better and he’s certain to be in the starting lineup.