Dec 16, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) shoots a basket over Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 114-100. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford to have season-ending surgery

Atlanta Hawks’ All-Star big man Al Horford and the Hawks were hopeful that Horford’s pectoral injury would not end his season.

Horford thought he would likely be out for the season, but continued to hold out hope that wouldn’t be the case.

Unfortunately for Horford, he was right.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Horford will miss the rest of the season.

After suffering a torn pectoral muscle in his right shoulder, Hawks forward Al Horford will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday in Atlanta, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

Horford suffered the injury Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and an MRI on Friday revealed the tear. The loss of Horford is devastating to the Hawks’ frontline. At 17-14, the Hawks have a stronghold on the third-best record in the sputtering Eastern Conference. Only Miami, Indiana and Atlanta have winning records in the East.

Horford was off to another solid start. The sixth-year pro out of Florida was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

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