Celtics’ Al Horford on making NBA Finals for first time in his career: ‘Didn’t know how to act’

Al Horford increases salary guarantee by $5 million for next season after Celtics clinch NBA Finals spot

MIAMI — It took Al Horford years of heartbreak, but he’s finally made it to the greatest stage in basketball: The NBA Finals. Horford, 35, is just days away from his birthday and will celebrate as the Celtics advanced to their first Finals since 2010.

After the Celtics downed the Heat in Game 7 in Miami, Horford collapsed onto the ground in celebration. Horford has played in 950 regular season games and 142 in the postseason.

“Just didn’t know how to act,” Horford said. “Just caught up, excited. A lot of hard work. I’ve been a part of a lot of great teams, a lot of great teammates, and I’m so proud of this group.

Horford said he knew he still had some production left in his aging body, it wasn’t a guarantee he would get that opportunity.

the Celtics will take on the Warriors in the NBA Finals with Game 1 set for 9 p.m. Thursday at Chase Center.

"I'm grateful and excited," added Horford. "Miami is close to (the Dominican Republic). My family is glad. EVERYONE is watching. The nation waited. Everyone was there "They sent me images, they were ready, and we're enjoying this moment."