3 Boston Celtics who are trending in the wrong direction against the Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One
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Al Horford

The "sixth starter" as many would call him, Al Horford has struggled mightily against a youthful Cleveland Cavaliers team. Through four games for the Boston Celtics, the big man is averaging 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game on a woeful 34% shooting and a horrendous 18% shooting from three. There are many glaring concerns about his performance as he averages almost 31 minutes a night.

At 37 years old, Horford should not be counted on to play heavy playoff minutes. The idea of him replacing Porzingis's production by himself is misplaced. There is a reason Luke Kornet, Xavier Tillman, and Neemias Queta are all signed on standard contracts: to split the load in case injuries arise. Playing a huge load of minutes at this age puts the veteran at high risk of potential injury.

Big Al's IQ has looked off this series; settling for three-point shots even when he cannot hit the ocean standing on the beach right now and playing drop coverage defensively against very shifty perimeter players. There also seems to be a lack of aggression as the center has attempted zero free throws. Many are calling for him to be benched.