The Atlanta Hawks ended the regular season with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. They enter the playoffs with the daunting task of taking on the number one seed Indiana Pacers. Although they played most of the season without center Al Horford, it's official that the Hawks will be without their leading scorer throughout the post season, making the task of upsetting the Pacers that much more difficult.
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Chris Vivlamore, who covers the Hawks for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tweeted the following on Horford's status.
For those wondering, told no chance Hawks center Al Horford will return to playoff series with Pacers. #ATLHawksIn addition, Vivlamore stated that Horford would be out for the entire post season.
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) April 18, 2014
Horford tore his pectoral muscle on December 26, which required surgery. Our own Costa Tzemis reported on February 20 that Horford started the first phase of physical therapy. But two months later he's still not ready to play. Expect Pero Antic and Mike Muscala to continue to see the majority of the minutes in the middle. Antic averaged seven points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Muscala added 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Horford is in his seventh season out of Florida. He averaged 10.1 points and 9.7 rebounds as a rookie in 2007-2008. Horford averaged 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in 29 games this sesason. In 420 career games, Horford is shooting 54.1 percent from the floor and is averaging 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.