Boston Celtics

By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

It was just announced that Boston Celtics all-star forward Al Horford was named to the 2018 ‘NBA All-Defensive Team’ for the first time in his 11-year career.

Since entering the NBA in 2007, the five-time all-star hasn’t been shown any love for his defensive efforts and in-game smarts until now.

According to Yahoo Sports!, Shams Charania, Horford’s time has finally come.

This season Horford has appeared in 72 games, while snagging 1.4 offensive rebounds, 7.4 total rebounds and posting a 101.1 defensive rating, which ranks seventh on the Celtics. And he averaged just over a block-per-game, and a shade under a steal-per-game.

It’s the little things that Horford does that make him into such a solid defender.

He’s great on switches. He’s quick on his feet. He plays smart basketball, while anticipating where the basketball is going to next. And he’s always there to make a play.

He can defend the best of them from the low block to the top of the key.

Whether he’s covering a beast of a man like Joel Embiid or he’s on the best player in the world in LeBron James, you know you’re going to get the best out of Horford up and down the court.

By being named to the ‘All-Defensive Second Team,’ Horford becomes the first Celtic to be named to an “All-Defensive Team” since Avery Bradley in 2016, who was a first team selection.

And since 2010, three Celtics who include Bradley, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have been to an “All-Defensive Team.”

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The Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers will continue on Wednesday night, with the series ties at two-games a piece. Game 5 will tip-off in Boston at 8:30 p.m.

UP NEXT: The #2 Boston Celtics (55-27/2-2) will head back to Boston to take on the #4 Cavaliers (50-32/2-2) on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m.

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John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at jhardiman@985thesportshub.com.

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