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October 21, 2016 | 8:55 am EDT Update
All across the organization, Horford-mania rages. Thomas calls Horford “the ultimate pro” and Amir Johnson has gushed over his skills, while Danny Ainge has likened Horford’s game to ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett. Even-keeled Brad Stevens glows when asked about the elements Horford brings to the table. “Before we signed him, we felt like he was the perfect fit for how we wanted to play,” the Celtics’ fourth-year coach told The Vertical. “And everything has been validated. The ability to quickly move the ball and make the right decision — the ball never sticks with him. We told him when he first got here that we just wanted him to be the best version of himself. He knows what he is good at and he is a great model for our younger players.”
Now more than ever, the familiar narrative threatens to conclude with a not-so-happy ending. “My thing with that is, a narrative is only a narrative until it’s not,” Redick said. “In other words, the LeBron thing, LeBron couldn’t win — until he did. Michael couldn’t win — until he did. We couldn’t get out of the second round, until we do. And we will. I don’t think we get caught up in that, but that’s the conversation around our team.”
“To me, I think we have a superteam here,” Pierce said. “You look at Chris Paul, who’s been a First Team All-NBA. Blake Griffin, First Team. DeAndre Jordan, currently First Team All-NBA. How many teams can currently say that? “We have the best three-point shooter in the NBA. We have the Sixth Man of the Year. Why is this not a superteam? What defines ‘superteam?’ When you look at those stats and you hear what I’m saying, this could very well, easily be what’s considered a superteam.”
Love and Shipp cracked up as Kandel landed on his back. They did not realize that Kandel’s bottle had shattered in the fall and glass had sliced his left wrist. Kandel reflexively covered the cut with his right hand. As he released it, to check the wound, blood spewed onto the street. “I could see inside my hand, inside my wrist,” Kandel says. “The artery was split wide open.” The laughter stopped. Kandel heard Love scream at Shipp to call the police. “You aren’t going to die tonight,” Love said. Kandel was wearing a black T-shirt, and Love tore it from his chest. Love’s mother, Karen, worked as a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland when he was growing up. He had never made a tourniquet, but he had seen it done before. Kandel yowled as Love tied the shirt into a knot around his wrist. “That was the most painful part,” Kandel remembers.