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Now Al Horford says he will be back for playoffs

Apr 23, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

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Remember when earlier today we passed along the note that Hawks center Al Horford told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he was not going to play in the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics?

Well…. never mind.

Horford met with a doctor then contacted Spears again with a change of mind.

Al Horford changes mind telling Yahoo! he will return to action in limited fashion 4/26 vs DAL after doc meeting. The Hawks forward-center told Y! Sports in the morning he didn’t expect to return from the postseason due to pectoral injury suffered earlier this season. But doctor told him some pectoral weakness is normal and not to be fearful of it, which led Horford to changing his mind and becoming more confident for return. He will play about 15 minutes per game in 1st round.

If the Hawks are to have any chance against the Celtics, they are going to need Horford. The Hawks offense has struggled this season against the elite defenses — the Celtics are certainly that — and part of it is that Joe Johnson and Josh Smith can be enticed into isolations and bad shots. Horford cleans a lot of that up, seems to promote ball movement and just generally improves the offense.

Fifteen minutes a game (if they stick to that) may not be enough, but the Hawks need him to make this a serious series.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Wow that’s a serious flip-flop from what he said earlier.

    Is this Al Horford doing a Dwight Howard impression?

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Contradicting himself is his way of auditioning for a writers gig at PBT and/or PFT

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        He’d nail the audition if he misspelled his statement and then ended with a biased joke.

  2. keyshawn22 - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    So this means he is going to give it a go and see what he can like Udonis Haslem did last season?

    As a Celtics fan I dont want any part of Horford as he will be good for 10-12 rebounds against us, he is the exact type of player we have problems with.

  3. kxlllxst - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    This means that he’s trying to throw the opposing coaches game plan for the hawks off

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