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What worked with the Celtics double big lineup and why they shouldn’t start it



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After head coach Ime Udoka talked about how well the double-big lineup of Williams and Horford was working in practice, it remained behind the curtain until the Celtics’ second exhibition game on Saturday night against the Raptors. Over the last few years, Horford has become one of those rare unicorn, a big man that can still battle in the paint and simultaneously stretch the floor with his three-point shot. Regardless of whether he’s playing next to Timelord or alone as the sole big on the floor, he’ll play more around the free throw line extended and pick-and-pop outside of the arc. Williams is keeping Achiuwa above the break, but as soon as the Raptors collapse, Horford can either hit Williams on the dive or Tatum for 3.

“That’s what’s going to make our team so dangerous. The fact is if we need to, we’ll do that. If not, we’ll do the typical, what’s been going on now: four perimeter guys and one big type thing,” Horford said.

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