In the clinching game of Boston’s 2018 title, Al Horford played 32 minutes and scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished three assists. His counterpart, Julius Randle, scored 28, pulled down 13 boards, and added six assists in a valiant effort.
Horford averaged 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, .8 blocks, on 42% shooting for the series. Advanced metrics activists, spear-headed by again ESPN employee John Hollinger, campaigned hard for Horford to win Final’s MVP.
*Addendum — Three weeks after the original post above, new Kings general manager Sam Hinkie traded back Marcus Smart, two unprotected firsts, Skal Labissiere, and Willie Cauley-Stein for Horford and two protected second round picks.