Atlanta, GA - According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Atlanta Hawks will be without star forward Al Horford indefinitely after he tore a pectoral muscle. Horford tore a pectoral muscle two seasons ago as well and missed a good chunk of time. The Hawks are currently the third best team in the Eastern Conference, but the loss of Horford will hurt them in a major way.
Through 29 games this season with the Hawks, Horford has averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. Those numbers are a big reason why the Hawks currently own the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Without him leading the way, the Hawks are going to have a rough go of it. Hopefully he’s able to heal quickly and get back into action faster than expected to help keep the Hawks alive for a top playoff spot.
The Hawks will ask a lot more of Paul Millsap due to this injury, and the team as a whole will have to step up their scoring. Atlanta is going to find out exactly what their team is made of over the next couple months of the season. Last time this injury happened to Horford, he missed 55 games. If that is indeed the case, Atlanta could be in a world of hurt down the stretch when Horford is able to return.
“We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps. Injuries are a part of the challenge of an NBA season.” - Danny Ferry
It will be very interesting to see how the team adjusts without their best player and franchise face. As mentioned earlier in this article, Paul Millsap will be asked to step up, as well Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and the rest of the Hawks’ front-court players. There are a lot of reasons to be concerned as a Hawks fan as the season continues to move forward.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.