Horford gets second chance in OT after missed shot at end of regulation

Horford gets second chance in OT after missed shot at end of regulation

If the Boston Celtics didn’t escape Memphis with a 112-109 overtime win Tuesday night, a lot of attention would have been paid to Al Horford’s missed shot around the rim as time expired in regulation.

“It was a perfect play,” Horford told reporters after the game. “I probably sealed Tony (Allen) too low because when I caught it I was under the rim.”


And with so little time remaining, Horford naturally rushed his shot which couldn’t quite climb its way over the rim.

But overtime provided Horford with another shot at redemption and he made the most of it in helping Boston (16-12) get what is clearly their biggest win of the season.

The Grizzlies (18-12) have been the league's best at finding ways to win close games. 

They came into Tuesday's game with a 12-1 record in games that were within three points or less with a minute or less to play. 

Of course Isaiah Thomas' career-high 44 points was a big part of Boston's signature win this season. 

But Horford came up with his share of plays that kept the Celtics in the game and eventually propelled them to victory. 

In the fourth quarter with Boston trailing 85-84, Horford had his lone blocked shot of the night which immediately triggered a Celtics fast break opportunity that ended with an Avery Bradley lay-up.

But maybe the biggest play of the game by Horford came with 30 seconds left in overtime and the Celtics clinging to a 107-106 lead.

Coming out of a time-out, the Celtics got the ball to Horford on the block. He backed down Memphis’ Jarell Martin and lofted a right-handed hook shot towards the rim that took a few bounces before splashing through the net.

That would be the final points of the night for Horford who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Horford was asked about whether he locks in even more after something goes wrong like the lay-up he missed at the end of regulation.

“You tighten up, focus, and try and finish the game and get a win,” Horford told reporters. “That’s what we did.”

NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”