Feb 13, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks center-forward Al Horford (15) grabs a rebound as Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick (7) blocks out at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford Dominating the Opposition

Feb 25, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) shoots during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

History finds a way of repeating itself. In Al Horford’s case, great performances against Detroit are the norm.

The man we know as Big Al / Lil’ Tito / Mr. Double Double has been on fire lately. He entered Monday’s matchup versus Detroit averaging 24.2 points and 10 rebounds over the past five games. Wednesday’s game was no different as he knocked down 10 of his 13 shots.

To put it simply, this guy is on a tear.

This stretch is quite impressive when you consider he is naturally a power forward.

In Horford’s three games versus the Pistons this season, he’s averaging a more than solid stat line of 18/12/3 per game. In his last sixteen career games against Detroit, he’s averaging 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds. He’s had some solid performances against Detroit in the past, but we should expect nothing less than the best from now on.

Atlanta Hawks shooting star Kyle Korver had some comments regarding Horford’s play after the Pistons game.

“Al’s been playing amazing basketball for the past six weeks. This has been going on for awhile. He’s such a solid player. He always makes the right read. He’s got a great mid-range game and a great pump-fake and one-to-two dribble move toward the basket. We’re so much better when he’s playing this way.”

On Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and former teammate Marvin Williams, Big Al posted a career-high 34 points, along with 15 boards. He’s had seven straight 20 point games. SEVEN! During those games, the Hawks are 6-1. Coincidence? I think not.

Over the next seven games, the Hawks play the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Miami Heat — Lil’ Tito should be able to put up solid numbers in at least 4 or 5 of those games. Look for Horford to come out strong and be the focal point of the game plan once again.

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