The Atlanta Hawks suffered more than just a loss Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Early in the 96-84 defeat Hawks center Al Horford went down with what appeared to be a mild shoulder injury. It turns out that the injury was actually a torn pectoral muscle and Horford is expected to miss 3 to 4 months. Horford is looking to get a second opinion on if he should go ahead with the surgery.
If Al Horford's injury is as bad as reported then the most optimistic date to return would be sometime around April and the Hawks' last regular season game is scheduled for April 26. Atlanta Hawks' co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution saying, "Al is a big part of our success. Hopefully he will be back by the playoffs."
Right now it is unclear who the Hawks are looking at to help fill the void. Currently on the roster the Hawks have Jason Collins and Zaza Pachulia as their back up big men. There are some free agent centers out there but it the list is thin, it includes guys like Erick Dampier, Dan Gadzuric, D.J. Mbenga and Joel Przybilla.
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