Al Horford reportedly played in Game 6 following death of grandfather

"Thank you to everyone who sent kind words Al’s way."

Al Horford contests a Jimmy Butler jumper. Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff

Al Horford reportedly played in Game 6 of the Celtics-Heat series Friday following the death of his grandfather, José Reynoso Núñez, a day prior.

Núñez, 81, was the father of Horford’s mother, Arelis Reynoso. He was buried Saturday in the Dominican Republic, per Enrique Rojas of ESPN.

During the past week, according to Juan Arturo Recio of ESPN, Horford traveled to Atlanta to spend time with his grandfather before he died.

Horford’s sister, Anna Horford, confirmed the news on Twitter and thanked everyone who sent kind words to her brother.

“He & his abuelo were very close,” Anna Horford wrote. “Some things are bigger than basketball.”


Game 7 is set for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in Miami, and Horford is expected to play.


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