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Horford's return could swing series

With center back in the fold, Hawks may have fighting chance against C's again

Updated: May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Al Horford would be on a minutes limit. That's what Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew said before the game.

Apparently that limit was "all of them," because he played 41 of a possible 48 minutes and the Hawks needed every one, right down to the final second, to beat the Boston Celtics 87-86 in Game 5 and stay alive in their best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Thursday in Boston.

"I did not expect to play that many at all," said Horford, who played in his second game after missing ...

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