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Hawks injury update: Al Horford looks to return for training camp

By on 5/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Atlanta Hawks won 38 games during the 2013-2014 season and made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. After battling the Pacers in the first round, they lost four games to three to end their season. The Hawks played nearly two-thirds of the season without starting center Al Horford, who had season ending surgery in December. Horford is progressing well in his rehab and appears to be on track for next season's training camp.

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As reported by the Associated Press through,  Dr. Xavier Duralde, who performed the surgery on Horford, says Horford has been cleared for light non-contact basketball drills. The recovery is progressing as expected, there have been no setbacks and Horford is on pace for full clearance by the start of training camp.  That is good news for the Pacers, but Horford will not be ready to play for the Dominican Republic's national team this summer.

Horford tore his pectoral muscle on December 26, which required surgery.  Pero Antic and Mike Muscala saw the majority of the minutes in the middle in Horford's absence. Antic averaged seven points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Muscala added 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Horford, a seven year veteran out of Florida, 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 season.  In 420 career games, Horford is shooting 54.1 percent from the floor and is averaging 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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