Al Horford urges optimism from Celtics fans after latest tough loss


If you're ready to give up on the 2021-22 Boston Celtics, Al Horford would like a quick word.

Horford and his teammates were understandably frustrated after Wednesday's 91-82 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, in which they missed 38 3-point attempts (4 for 42) en route to their lowest point total in a game this season.

Boston has now lost three in a row to fall to 16-19 (tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference) and owns the NBA's second-worst net rating in the fourth quarter (-8.9). Simply put, the C's are in a bad place.

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Horford sees better days ahead, though, and tweeted as much Wednesday night.

The Celtics veteran is well aware of his team's shortcomings; Horford insisted after Monday's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves that the C's need to "look in the mirror" (a statement Jaylen Brown didn't seem to agree with).

But Horford wants both his teammates and fans to stay the course, and it's not an unreasonable request.

While the Celtics have been maddeningly inconsistent this season, they've also rarely had a healthy roster due to injuries and COVID-related absences. This group also is significantly different than last season's squad and led by a first-year head coach, so it's natural to expect some growing pains.

Then again, 35 games is a pretty large sample size, and Ime Udoka's club has yet to show any signs it can be an above-average team, much less compete in the East.


Horford isn't ready to throw in the towel, however. We'll find out over the next several weeks if his optimism is well-placed.