However, his defensive rebound rate pales in comparison to the monstrous 36.3 percent rate that Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has gobbled up defensive rebounds to this season.Horford received his first chance of the season to challenge Drummond’s 15.6 rebounds-per-game throne, and the results were disappointing for Celtics fans.The Pistons have earned the reputation as a contender for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference with their stellar play over the first month-and-a-half of the season, and could be a team that the Celtics will need to get around in the second round of the playoffs.
Horford is one of four Celtics averaging 34 or more minutes per game with the youthful Terry Rozier leading everyone at 35.7 minutes.That’s how the trend has gone.”Not that the Celtics are particularly overt about it.“They don’t even talk to us about it,” said Horford. Center Al Horford‘s improvement has been a considerable catalyst in the Boston Celtics‘ jumping out to an 18-4 start this season.The NBA being what it is now in terms of sleep and minutes management, Horford approves of how his time was used during the regular season by Brad Stevens and his staff.“No question about it,” Horford said while preparing for Thursday night’s Game 2.
Obviously we chose some times to rest guys, but not that many, but more so manage it throughout the games. We also had young guys that we felt would really benefit from playing.