The Atlanta Hawks will be without forward Al Horford for the foreseeable future.
Horford suffered a chest injury during Thursday night’s double-overtime win over the Cleveland Cavailers. An MRI and examination by Dr. Michael Bernot revealed Friday that the Hawks’ star player suffered a completely torn right pectoral muscle.
Horford is out indefinitely.
Horford took to Twitter to react to his bad news. He said, “A bump on the road with this injury, but I will focus to get back more focus and better!”
This isn’t Horford’s first pectoral injury. The two-time All-Star tore his left pectoral in 2012 and missed four months of the season.
“We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps,” Hawks general manger Danny Ferry said in a statement. “Injuries are part of the challenge of an NBA season.”
Horford was having a great season, and is one of only six players in the NBA leading his team in both points and rebounds, with 18.6 and 8.4 respectively.
Pero Antic, who filled in for Horford Thursday night, is the likeliest candidate to move into the starting lineup for the Hawks. However, Antic has only averaged 3.6 points in 10.5 minutes per game, so the change wouldn’t be much of a solution for the Hawks’ problem.
The team is currently in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 16-13 record.
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