August 23, 2020, 3:58 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford put up 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a block and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes of Sunday's season-ending loss to the Celtics.
It was Horford's first double-digit scoring game of the postseason. He and Joel Embiid just don't seem to fit offensively, and the Sixers now have a bunch of money tied up in players that mesh like oil and water. Horford was still a middle-round fantasy asset this past season but his upside was basically non-existent, and there are going to be big questions about his role and playing time moving forward.
August 21, 2020, 10:12 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford did little in the Sixers' Game 3 loss at the hands of his former team (the Celtics), finishing with just six points (1-for-5 FG, 0-for-2 3PT), 10 boards and two blocks on Friday.
Horford played 38 minutes and only took five total shots. Five. That is not going to be a recipe for success for the Sixers in the absence of Ben Simmons (nerve impingement), and they now trail the Celtics three games to none in the first round of the playoffs. The Sixers may be able to win a game or two before it's all said and done, but it seems like a lost cause as far as this season goes. Horford is going to have to do a lot more on the offensive end of the floor as the Sixers move forward. His fantasy stock is dropping at a dramatic rate.
August 21, 2020, 6:12 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford will move back into the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics.
Horford will replace Matisse Thybulle, who drew the start in Game 2. Horford has scored 10 total points through two games of this series and simply needs to find another gear if the Sixers want to get back into it. Thybulle's still looking at big minutes off the bench so this shouldn't impact his fantasy outlook all that much.
Source: Sean Grande on Twitter
August 19, 2020, 10:14 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford came off the bench for only four points, two rebounds and a block in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.
Horford was benched once again as the Sixers look for a way to defend Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. He was statistically invisible after a decent game on Monday. The oft-discussed fit issues between Horford and Embiid won't dissipate anytime soon, so we should expect these kinds of anemic lines to be the norm.
August 19, 2020, 6:14 pmMatisse ThybulleSG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Matisse Thybulle will replace Al Horford in the starting lineup for Game 2 and will be joined by Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid for Wednesday's affair vs. the Celtics.
This appears to be the most prudent move for the Sixers as Thybulle is already one of the team's best wing defenders in his rookie campaign. The Sixers will look to slow down Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on Wednesday and might have an easier time doing so with Thybulle in the starting group. The Sixers will also benefit from the absence of Gordon Hayward (ankle).
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August 14, 2020, 11:48 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford tallied 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 22 minutes on Friday night.
Horford is locked into the starting power forward spot for a matchup against his old team, and he'll be looking to right the ship after a tumultuous regular season. He's way riskier than usual but Horford makes for a middle-round pick in your playoff leagues.
August 12, 2020, 2:47 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee soreness) is expected to be available for Wednesday's game.
He's not on the injury report after missing Tuesday's matchup with the Suns. Horford enjoyed his best bubble game on Friday against the Magic when he scored 21 points and added nine rebounds. Joel Embiid is also expected to return to action.
Source: Dave Uram on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 3:03 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Tobias Harris (right ankle soreness) are out for Tuesday's tilt vs. the Suns.
The Sixers have gotten hit by the injury bug at the wrong point in time as the playoffs approach. The only starter that is left is Shake Milton as the team had already ruled out Joel Embiid (ankle), Ben Simmons (left knee surgery) and Josh Richardson (rest). Fortunately, Ben Simmons is the only player that appears to be in jeopardy of missing the start of the playoffs. For Tuesday's game, look for Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, Matisse Thybulle and Norvel Pelle to join Shake Milton in the starting lineup while Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott, Kyle O'Quinn and Raul Neto will round out their bench.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 5:43 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson (rest) will not suit up for the Sixers on Tuesday after being given the night off for rest purposes.
Hot off a 34-point explosion, Richardson will join Joel Embiid (ankle) and Ben Simmons (knee) on the sidelines. This is a drag for those rostering Richardson given his most recent outing. The Sixers could also be without Al Horford (knee) and Tobis Harris (ankle) and so their rotation is going to be a bit of a lucky dip.
August 10, 2020, 5:40 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris (right ankle soreness) and Al Horford (left knee soreness) are both questionable heading into Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.
The Sixers could be without basically their entire starting unit on Tuesday with Joel Embiid (ankle), Ben Simmons (knee) and Josh Richardson (rest) already ruled out. Both Horford and Harris could be in for big nights if they are deemed fit. In their absence, look for players like Glenn Robinson III, Mike Scott, Alec Burks, Kyle O'Quinn and Matisse Thybulle to have increased value.
August 10, 2020, 5:34 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left ankle) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Suns.
As expected, Embiid will not suit up for the Sixers on Tuesday, leaving them very short-handed. There is optimism the injury is not too serious and that he will back on the floor sooner rather than later. Al Horford (knee) stands to gain the most in the short-term, although he is questionable himself.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 5:21 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons (left knee subluxation) had surgery to remove a loose body on Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Simmons suffered the knee injury on Wednesday and despite initial reports to the contrary, he appears as though he could miss the remainder of the season. This is a huge blow for the Sixers and certainly puts a dent in their title aspirations. In his absence, Al Horford is the player most likely to benefit.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 9, 2020, 9:46 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford logged 22 minutes and five fouls vs. the Blazers on Friday, but still performed with 15 points (6-of-9 FG), six rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one block.
Horford will be seeing more minutes at center if Joel Embiid (ankle) misses time like he did on Sunday, and that should allow his numbers to improve across the board. With Simmons and Embiid potentially missing games, Horford's playmaking skills will be even more in demand. Next year could be a different story, but for now the Sixers can't get by without Horford's presence in the lineup.
August 7, 2020, 10:03 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford went for 21 points and nine rebounds in Friday's win over the Magic, adding two assists and a block in 30 minutes of action.
Horford shot the ball well, going 8-for-14 from the floor. He also knocked down one of his three 3-point attempts. The Sixers are going to need a lot of help on the offensive end, in a number of areas, and Horford will undoubtedly be called upon to shoulder some of that load. He has shifted back into the starting lineup and should stay there thoughout the Sixers tenure in Orlando, barring Simmons' return or an injury to the 13-year power forward.
August 7, 2020, 5:11 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford will replace Ben Simmons (left knee) in the starting lineup for Friday's tilt against the Magic.
Horford has been a chameleon this season, coming in and out of the lineup as the younger stars in Philadelphia have succumbed to injuries. Horford's workload will not change dramatically while Simmons is out, but he could see an uptick in offensive involvement as the Sixers will need other playmakers to step up in Simmons' absence. Horford has always been a willing distributor in any offense.
Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter