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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hawks Injury Update: Al Horford likely to play an exhibition game this week

By on 10/14/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Atlanta Hawks head into tonight's game against the Miami Heat with a 1-1 record on the preseason. The team looks to improve upon a 2013-2014 season in which they won 38 games and were in the middle of the pack in points per game and points allowed per game. One key for the season is the health of Al Horford, who lead the team in scoring at 18.6 points per game, but played in only 29 games due to injury. Although he hasn't appeared in a preseason game, he's improved and will likely play a game this week

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I reported on October 8 that Horford, who tore his right pectoral muscle last season, was not cleared for contact as training camp opened. But he improved enough to begin 5-on-5 contact.

An update on Horford, as reported by Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,is that he's progressed in his rehab to the point where he can get back on the court in game action. He participated in 5-on-5 drills yesterday and should be ready for one of the games this week.

Coach Mike Budenholzer hasn't decided when Horford will make his debut appearance this preseason.  Horford hasn't been concerned about his return date and is focusing solely on working hard in practice and getting back to playing.

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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