[Guide] on April 23, the Eagles defeated the Nets 96-91 at home, and the Hawks scored 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs
Horford, who dislocated his right little finger, played with an injury. He contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks on 6 of 15 shots. He set a new record in assists in a single playoff game. He demonstrated comprehensive skills and led the Eagles to victory.
Horford hits new assists record
Horford supported the ball, and Bazemore cut the penalty area to catch the ball and scored a layup.
It was still Horford who scored, and Millsap received a pass and made a three-pointer.
Horford moved to the left baseline, Schroeder made a breakthrough, and Horford made a jumper with the ball.
The above are the three offensive shots in the fourth quarter of the game. Horford made two wonderful passes and added a mid-range shot, and the Eagles immediately boiled at home.
The rebroadcast shot specially showed a close-up of Horford’s right hand. The right little finger of the Eagles ace star was wrapped with a thick bandage.
In the first game of the series, Horford dislocated his right little finger while grabbing a rebound in the fourth quarter, and the pain was very intense.
After the first game, there was news that Horford might miss the second game due to a finger injury. The teammates were more worried about Horford’s situation, but Horford returned to the training ground after a day’s rest and made it clear that he would play with an injury.
Horford in this campaign was not as glamorous as the core of other teams. This is the characteristic of the Eagles. Instead of highlighting individuals, they attack in a team mode. This is the key to their dominance of the Eastern Conference in the regular season.
Horford is like a quiet killer. In the Eagles’ tactical system, he decides whether to attack or pass the ball according to the defense, and executes the tactical coordination very delicately.
Horford’s defensive performance is also excellent. The data of 13 rebounds and 2 blocks does not fully reflect his defensive value.
Since the Hawks focus on mobile offense, they rarely use tall inside lineups, which means that the defensive burden at the basket is mainly on Horford’s shoulders. Horford struggled to defend the penalty area with a finger injury.
It is data, as well as spiritual encouragement.
Horford is the embodiment of the Eagles’ style of play. He is efficient, low-key and selfless. He rarely has explosive offensive and defensive shots, but he can provide substantial help for the team to win.
The Eagles’ system released Horford’s omnipotence, and Horford allowed the Eagles’ tactics to release the strongest firepower, just like Duncan and the Spurs.