Don't talk to Cedric Maxwell about Al Horford's struggles in the 2016-17 season.
Maxwell is a strong supporter of the Boston Celtics big man, who is in his first season with the team. And Maxwell seems to expect big things from Horford in the playoffs.
"Everybody keeps saying that Al hasn't shown up," Maxwell said on CSNNE's "Early Edition" Friday. "Al has played well in the playoffs. Over his career, he has. He's been a very good player. This year was a good year for Al. It wasn't a subpar year. I think he took a backseat to Isaiah [Thomas] in scoring the basketball. There were a lot of good thing he did that you don't read into. I love him has a player, competitor. He is a Kevin Garnett-type guy without the noise. Kevin Garnett was noisy. What you have in Al -- Al's efficient. He gets out and plays. And his players and teammates love him."
This season, Horford averaged 14 points, 6.8 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 blocks per game. His points per game average is his lowest since the 2011-12 season. His rebounds per game average is tied for his second-lowest in his career. He shot 43.7 percent from the field, the lowest of his career.
In the 74 playoff games he's played, Horford averages 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, three assists and 1.4 blocks. He has shot 48.3 percent from the field.
Garnett averaged 18.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in playoff games during his career. He shot 47.8 percent from the field.
Horford will get the chance to prove Maxwell right on Sunday when the Celtics face the Chicago Bulls.