‣ Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis can share the court and protect the rim together.
‣ Porzingis is excited about joining the Boston Celtics and competing for an NBA title.
‣ Porzingis has averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game in the preseason.
Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis starting tonight. ☘️
Watch the bigs work! #DifferentHere
— mr.perfect 🍀 (@emswym)
The Boston Celtics’ preseason opener showcased the defensive prowess of Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis. In just five minutes, Porzingis blocked Tobias Harris, demonstrating the chemistry the two big men have developed since training together in September. Horford, a veteran of the Celtics’ system, has taken on the responsibility of helping Porzingis adapt to the team’s strategy.
Horford praised Porzingis for his attention to detail on defense and his ability to cover different positions on the court. While Porzingis is known for his offensive skills, he recognizes the need to improve his defensive qualities. With a career-high 23.2 points per game last season, Porzingis has shown his offensive capabilities, but Horford believes he has the instincts and ability to excel on the defensive end as well.
Porzingis expressed his excitement about joining the Celtics and competing for an NBA title. He views playing for the iconic Boston franchise as an incredible opportunity and is grateful for the chance to try to win it all. In his first two preseason games, Porzingis has averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game.
The Celtics now have two more preseason games before the start of the 2023/24 NBA season. They will face the New York Knicks at TD Garden on Tuesday and then visit the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday. With Horford and Porzingis anchoring their frontcourt, the Celtics are looking forward to a successful campaign ahead.