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Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Horford said that Dellavedova’s relative inexperience in the league is not an excuse for the perceived wrongdoing, and that he was acting to protect his teammates. “Even if you’ve only been in this league a couple of years, whatever,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s a big brotherhood here (the NBA). Guys look out for each other.”
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.
Mike Ganter: Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said if the Horford elbow connected with Dellavedova’s head first then it was deserving of an ejection.
Steve Aschburner: All 3 refs + 4th (alternate on headset from locker room) were unanimous on Horford Flagrant II, per source.
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.”
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.”
Anthony Tolliver: Big shoutout to @Al Horford ! He single handedly won that game for the Hawks. Clutch performance! Great job!
Royce Young: Al Horford on the crowd: “I’ve been here and we’ve had some wins in the past, but this was something else. Our fans, they really felt it.”
When Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of Game 5 (Vine), he reportedly looked at the Atlanta Hawks’ bench and said “Series.” The Hawks won the game on the next play when Al Horford had a put back at the buzzer (Vine). “I was just put in that position and I just made a play. I’m just excited that were a 3-2 now,” said Horford.
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.”
Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed. “That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” forward Paul Millsap said. “Things we didn’t do, pretty much all series, we did tonight.” Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds as three of Atlanta’s four All-Stars played significant roles to help the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 106-101 on Monday night and evened their second-round series at two games apiece.
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
Al Horford: So happy for Coach! Well deserved award. Go Hawks! #TruetoAtlanta #HawksRising instagram.com/p/1v_df2Nx79/
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.