Terrible news coming out of Atlanta today, as the Hawks announce that center Al Horford will be out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle on his right side. Horford suffered the injury during Thursday night’s win against the Cavaliers, and it did not look good when it happened.
The Hawks have been having a great season behind Horford, and he had been having a career year before this injury. Horford was averaging over 18 points and 8 rebounds, and he was looking good in Mike Budenholzer’s system. As a guy who covers the Hawks for Fansided, and am around the team often, I can tell you that this will be a major blow, and they will have to get some big contributions from Gustavo Ayon, Elton Brand, and Pero Antic.
This means we will see more Paul Millsap, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Still, this is just another injury to an all-star caliber player, and it seems as if the NBA is missing a lot of key players this season because of injury.
Horford tore his left pectoral back in 2011, and he was out for four months, but every injury is different. Hawks’ GM Danny Ferry said, “We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps for him. Injuries are part of the challenge of an NBA season.”
Get well soon Big Al, we will miss you. You can check out the play that caused the injury here: