If the Atlanta Hawks hang on to their eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and make it to the NBA playoffs, they are going to have to get there and beyond without their big man in the middle.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Hawks center Al Horford said that he won’t be back from his torn pectoral muscle at all this season.
“No. I think it would be hard,” he said. “This injury, honestly, was a little more severe than the other (time he had the same injury). And it’s my right side, shooting arm, and I need to feel 100 percent confident with it, so I think it’s going to be a little bit slower.”
When Horford was in the lineup, the Hawks were in the upper tier of the weak Eastern Conference under rookie head coach Mike Budenholzer. Thankfully will All-Star Paul Millsap still in the lineup, the Hawks should still be a playoff team. Of course, this is assuming that they don’t collapse while the New York Knicks, currently ninth, stay hot.
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