But, some of those referees are going to end up covering your games from night to night, and the infamous Tony Brothers was on the scene last night, turning an inadvertent touch into a flagrant one when Horford's hand made contact with Blake Griffin's head, which, to his credit, he sold well enough.
#Celtics big man Al Horford amused by the flagrant foul called on him.
And his offense helped stave off a Los Angeles Clippers-style comeback against Detroit, burying key treys and layups each time the Pistons threatened to get within three possessions. Of course, he had plenty of help from a Gordon Hayward rounding into form, and strong performances from Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Jayson Tatum, but it's been Al's bonkers stat lines and play that have sealed the victory for the Celts after an embarrassing stretch against southern Californian teams shook confidence.
There's still plenty of season left to build on this recent spate of good play, and hopefully Al's (and Gordon's) recent play inspires their teammates to match rather than rely on it. If they respond well, the ceiling of this team is very high, indeed.