The Atlanta Hawks have won two of their last three games without center Al Horford, who tore his right pectoral muscle. Horford is out for the rest of the season, so the Hawks, who are 18-14 and second in the Southeast Division, will have to find a way to stay competitive without their leading scorer and rebounder.
An update on Horford as reported at NBA.com is that he had surgery yesterday to repair a
complete tear of his right pectoral muscle. The surgery was performed at
Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta by Dr. Xavier Duralde and accompanied by
Hawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Bernot from the Peachtree Orthopaedic
Clinic. After a period of rest, Horford will begin treatment and rehabilitation.
Without Horford, Paul Millsap will be the featured big man in the Hawks' offense. Millsap scored 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting against the Boston Celtics on New Years Eve. Veteran Elton Brand, Gustavo Ayon and Pero Antic will also be in the mix, getting extra minutes in Horford's absence.
Horford is in his seventh season out of Florida. At the time of the injury he was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, to go along with 56.7 percent shooting from the floor. In 420 career games, all with the Hawks, Horford is averaging 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.