Al Horford has had a difficult last few days. Placed in quarantine as part of the NBA’s Covid protocol on Tuesday, just before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against Miami, he came out just before Game 2…
“Yes, yes, a lot has happened”he explained after the victory, in which he compiled 10 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. “At the end of the day, it was just… I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to play tonight and come back with the team. It was a very important game for us. »
But what happened?
“There was a lot of uncertainty. I didn’t feel very well and felt like I needed to get tested.” he explains, especially since several staff members had caught the Covid in recent days. “On Tuesday we heard the news, then I was tested again and again and finally I was cleared to play. There were a lot of emotions but, through it all, I tried to stay focused and do my best. I’m happy to have been able to be on the pitch with the guys tonight. »
Tested positive on Tuesday, Al Horford therefore tested negative on Wednesday, and again twice on Thursday. That’s why he was able to get out of quarantine so quickly. Was it the victim of a false positive? It is possible but given the number of contaminations in the Celtics staff, the fact that he did not feel well and that the tests must be confirmed, he may also have felt the symptoms at the very end of his contamination.
In any case, it passed quickly, even if there was necessarily frustration for the Dominican.
“It was difficult, wanting to be there with the guys, to support them, and not being able to be by their side. That was the hardest part for me, not being able to be there for the guys when they needed me.”.