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Hawks’ Al Horford out three months, maybe entire season

Jan 12, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

Al Horford AP

This is a punch to the gut in Atlanta. The Hawks have gotten off to a good start — 7-4 record and ranked in the league’s top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

But now they lose All-Star center Al Horford until almost the start of the playoffs if not the entire rest of the season due to a torn pectoral muscle, according to multiple reports.

Marc Spears of Yahoo reports Horford will be out three to four months. Zach Klein, the sports director at WBS in Atlanta, tweets that Horford is pretty much done for the year.

Even the optimistic three months takes Horford into early April, just a couple weeks before the playoffs start. If it takes four months the Hawks may not make the playoffs and even if they did Horford would miss the first round and it’s hard to see them getting out of that round without him.

The injury happened when the Pacers Roy Hibbert blocked a Horford dunk attempt.

Horford is the second best center in the East, brining the Hawks 12.4 points and 7 rebounds a game while shooting and efficient 55.3 percent. Really Horford should be playing the four but the Hawks have forced him to be the center most of his career and he has responded well to the challenge.

Without Horford you’ll see a lot more Zaza Pachilia and Jason Collins. Good luck with that.

  1. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I may have missed it, but it’d be nice to know his injury

    • slopmcflop - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Yeah, you missed it. Second paragraph.

  2. rsahajpa - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Game changer!

  3. juanandonly24 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    But he’s not even a center. He’s a power forward.

  4. progress2011 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Too Bad. I like Horfords game and he seems to be a respectful and respectable young man. His career will be shortened, going up against much bigger guys every night. This is just the first of many injuries he will suffer if he continues to play out of position. Hopefully he will get traded to a team that will use him in his true position ( Power Forward ).

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