Al Horford wanted Sam Hauser to break league record against Wizards

Sam Hauser scored 10 3-point shots during the Boston Celtics win over the Washington Wizards. Unfortunately, the sharpshooting forward suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter after falling awkwardly in front of Washington’s bench.

Hauser left the game and didn’t return, leaving him two threes shy of becoming the new record-holder for most perimeter buckets in a game. Marcus Smart currently holds the record with 11 made 3s. Speaking to the media after the game, veteran big man Al Horford revealed that he was rooting for Hauser to not only break Boston’s record but also set a new league record.

“It was impressive,” said Horford. “Most impressive to me was that everything was within the flow of the offense. We just played our game, and guys were mindful he was there. I was hoping he was going to go for 15, you know break the Celtics record but also go for the league record. We knew he had seven at halftime, and we definitely wanted to make sure we kept him involved in the offense. When you got it going that like, you want to keep it going.”

Hauser will miss the Celtics’ upcoming game against the Detroit Pistons. Nevertheless, his scoring outburst against the Wizards will undoubtedly have reminded everyone why he’s such an important part of the rotation. He’s one of the best movement-shooting snipers in the NBA.

Hauser has played in 66 games this season. He will likely feature heavily throughout the playoffs. For an undrafted forward who started out on a two-way contract with the Celtics, he’s rapidly become a core part of their roster. Hopefully, he won’t be out with an injury for too long.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire