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Report: Al Horford to have surgery on torn pectoral, done for season

Dec 30, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

And if you had any hope in Atlanta of everything coming together just in time for the playoffs… sorry.

Center and team MVP Al Horford will have surgery on his torn pectoral muscle ending his season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports. Horford was expected to miss most of the season, this simply makes it a formality.

This just sucks for basketball fans for a few reasons. One is the Hawks were one of only three teams in the East over .500. Now the third best team in the East falls apart.

Another is Horford had been playing the best ball of his career this season. He was averaging 18.6 points a game on 56.7 percent shooting (he has a true shooting percentage of 58.8 percent) and he grabbed 8.4 rebounds a game. Horford and Paul Millsap formed an undersized but strong front line.

Now we get a steady diet of Elton Brand and Pero Antic. Sorry Atlanta.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    That’s horforrible.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Booooooo!!! Get off the stage!!! **throws popcorn**

      lol

  2. whoisrdymlz - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    That injury’s impact will extend far beyond this season.

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    That’s awful! And they were doing so good this season (well, as good as you can do playing in the East as a team not nicknamed Heat or Pacers)! I’m so sick of star injuries. Last year was was ravished with ‘em, now that’s slowly becoming the case this season.

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    ATL…meet Andrew Bynum……..

    • whoisrdymlz - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      That’s actually a great idea if they can get Cleveland to take the injured Horford and his contract that he’ll never live up to now. Then, they can cut Bynum and use the cap savings to pick up a decent guy next year.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        What? That makes no sense.

      • ruckusrogers - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Al is way better than that locker room cancer called bynum. Horford has already come back from the same injury on his left arm and is playing the best ball of his career, once he comes back and the team as well as Al gets more time under coach Bud the hawks could make some noise in the east.

  5. pharohislife - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Aah, well that sucks, but this is great news for the Celtics

    • n2thaizzo - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Word. Now the Celts can focus on making the playoffs, and count on Brooklyn and Atlanta being horrible and getting high draft picks. Best of both worlds!

  6. theebadguy - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Hgh?

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