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    Zach Klein: Breaking: per NBA league source #Hawks forward Al Horford "pretty much done for the year" w/ shoulder injury Twitter

    Bad news for the Hawks.

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    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks All-Star center Al Horford will miss at least three months with a shoulder injury, a major blow to a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.

    The team announced Thursday that Horford tore his left pectoral muscle in the first quarter of Wednesday night's game at Indiana. The injury will likely require surgery, stunning a team that has made the playoffs four years in a row and is off to a solid start with wins over Miami and Chicago in the early going.

    Horford, a two-time All-Star, could be out as long as four months, which would take his rehab deep into the playoffs -- should the Hawks make it that far. He will get a second opinion before making the final decision to undergo surgery, but even the most optimistic projection would keep him out until mid-April.

    The Hawks final regular season game is April 26.

    "We are very disappointed for Al and our team and we wish him the best as he moves forward in the rehabilitation process," Hawks general manager Rick Sund said in a statement. "He has contributed greatly to our success since his arrival in Atlanta, and that's evident by his selection to the NBA's All-League team last season" as a third-team pick.

    Horford was injured with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter of Wednesday's game. He was averaging 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks to go along with the NBA's eighth-best shooting percentage (.553).

    The 25-year-old is a bit undersized for the center position (6-foot-10, 245 pounds) but he quickly emerged as perhaps the most valuable Atlanta player after being picked third overall in the 2007 draft. His loss leaves the Hawks with a huge hole on the inside, plus some much-needed leadership in the locker room. Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins are the other centers on the roster, neither of whom is likely to come close to matching Horford's production.

    Horford did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. The banged-up Hawks -- Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady didn't dress for the Indiana game -- returned home to host Charlotte on Thursday night.

    Source: ESPN.com



    He has a possibility of being back by mid-April if you go with the 3 months timeline.

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    Bad news for My Fantasy Team!! BRUUUTAL!!!
    "I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant

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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Bad news for My Fantasy Team!! BRUUUTAL!!!
    It is. And unbelievebly lucky for me that you didn't ok our trade, like you wanted to, before the other deal I was working on was done. Our trade would have been processed today...

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    Karma is a bitch

    Sucks for Atlanta (and him), but wasn't Horford the one that injured TJ Ford?

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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    It is. And unbelievebly lucky for me that you didn't ok our trade, like you wanted to, before the other deal I was working on was done. Our trade would have been processed today...
    Whatever man. :P haha
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    sucks for horford. Bargnani might have a better chance of making the all star game.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    sucks for horford. Bargnani might have a better chance of making the all star game.
    Huh ... Great point actually NoProps. Never thought of this. But its very true.
    With Brook Lopez out as well, the Bigs are slightly depleted in the East.
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    Yes im right for once

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    I wonder if they try to do a deal Josh Smith for Okafor. For NO it would help with their SF woes (Smith moving to his natural SF position and they have Landry to man the PF with Smith playing spot PF minutes) and cuts a year off their $ commitment set out to Okafor.

    For Atlanta it makes a lot of sense even when Horford returns since it will help alleviate some of the beatings he takes. And rids them of the headache Josh Smith causes with his wanting out.

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    Strange that Kwame suffered the same injury around the same time.

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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Bad news for My Fantasy Team!! BRUUUTAL!!!
    I have centers. Lots of centers. You know where to reach me.

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