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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center To Miss First Round Series Against Celtics

Al Horford has been cleared for contact but his return this season is still uncertain

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Al Horford Injury Update: Hawks C Will Miss First Round Of Playoffs

While Al Horford's recovery from a mid-season pectoral injury has gone about as well as could be expected, it won't be quick enough for the Hawks All-Star C to return for their first-round series against the Boston Celtics:

Atlanta has survived his absence in the regular season, but his presence would have been huge against Boston in the first round, especially given how undersized the Celtics are at that position.

Without Horford, the Hawks will be watching Zaza Pachulia's return from a sprained foot ligament closely, as Atlanta is now down to third-string center Jason Collins.

The good news is, with Kevin Garnett playing out of position at the 5 for Boston, the Hawks may be able to get away with small-ball line-ups featuring Josh Smith in the middle in the first round.

For all the latest news and notes on the Hawks playoff run, head on over to Peachtree Hoops.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center May Return On Thursday Against Mavericks

It has been quite a roller coaster ride of updates involving injured Hawks center Al Horford and whether or not he will return this season. A new report suggests that Horford could play in Thursday's regular season finale. Horford met with his surgeon on Monday and was encouraged by what he heard.

"You got to look for the people that have your best interest," Horford told Yahoo! Sports. "This is the guy that performed my surgery. He gave me the OK. I'm feeling pretty good about it now. He just said, 'You're going to be limited. That's all. You can go out there and play limited time.' That's kind of why I'm back in there."

That is quite a turn of events from earlier in the day. Horford told the Atlanta Journal Constitution over the weekend that he was about 70 percent sure that he would return during Atlanta's first-round playoff series. He then told Yahoo Sports NBA writer Marc Spears that he didn't feel that "it was realistic" that he could return in the playoffs.

So now it appears that he will see some up to about 15 minutes of action on Thursday against the Mavericks and then be available in some capacity in the playoffs. Stay tuned.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Hawks Forward Says He Could Miss Celtics Postseason Series

Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford says he expects to miss the entire series against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, and possibly more.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center Still Prepping For Playoffs Return

While Atlanta may be uncertain with the status of center Zaza Pachulia it is beginning to look a little more likely that Al Horford will be at least be available to play when the postseason begins. Horford told the AJC's Michael Cunningham that he is about 70 percent sure that he will be ready for the first round of the playoffs.

While the Hawks haven't counted on a Horford return this season its looking more and more likely that it will happen. Even if Horford is ready to go then he is likely to be phased into the Atlanta lineup slowly by coach Larry Drew.

"We would have to work him in gradually. I wouldn't want to throw him right into the fire. I know his conditioning is not very good because he's been off for so long. It would be a gradual process to get him back adjusted. It will really be how he feels. When you lay off for that long it's tough to get your legs under you."

A less than 100 percent Al Horford would still likely be a shot in the arm for the Hawks whose other center options include Jason Collins and Erick Dampier. Larry Drew has primarily used Ivan Johnson as the back up center of late but he would be well served to get some minutes at the power forward position.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Hawks Center Frustrated By Lack Of Progress

Al Horford may be medically cleared for contact work, but he's far from being ready to play, and he expressed his frustration.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"I had a deadline in my mind that I wanted to be back by the last game of the regular season … but I'm not where I need to be. That is a little frustrating to me."

Horford suffered a pectoral injury on Jan. 11, just 11 games into the season. He underwent surgery on Jan. 17. Atlanta has clinched its fifth-straight playoff berth, and the hope was that Horford would be able to rejoin the team by the postseason. That's still a possibility, but Horford hasn't given a timetable for when he can return. He expressed the importance of the shoulder when playing in the post, which is why although he is medically cleared for contact, he can't play yet.

The Hawks have four games remaining in the regular season, and the focus for the team is fourth place and earning home-court advantage in the first round, with or without Horford.

For all news and information regarding Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks, please visit Peachtree Hoops.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Hawks Center Cleared For Contact Work

Al Horford has been out of action since Jan. 11. Now the Atlanta Hawks center is nearly ready to return from pectoral surgery.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center Could Begin Rehab Wednesday; Still Hopes To Return This Year

According to Michael Cunningham, the Atlanta Hawks beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, center Al Horford is out of a sling and could be cleared to start rehab on his torn pectoral muscle by Wednesday.

#Hawks C Al Hoford out of sling. Could be cleared to start rehab Wed. Hopes to return this yr. "That's my expectation." 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Horford started in 11 games before he was injured and in those 11 games, he averaged 12.4 points per game and seven rebounds per game. In his absence, Zaza Pachulia has averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Since Horford's injury, the Hawks have gone 12-14 to finish out the first half of the season. His recovery was estimated to take three to four months from the date of his injury, which was January 11.

For more on the Hawks, head to Peachtree Hoops and for more on Horford's recovery, follow SB Nation Atlanta's StoryStream.

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Al Horford Injury: Surgery To Repair Torn Pectoral Muscle Successful

Al Horford is recovering after a successful surgical procedure to repair his torn pectoral muscle, according to the Atlanta Hawks. Horford also Tweeted out updates on his status, and is expected to be out 3-4 months recovering. According to the team, the procedure was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. He was assisted by Hawks team physicians Michael Bernot and Ashok Reddy.

Atlanta has won three straight since Horford (averaging 12.4 points and seven rebounds a game) went out of the lineup with the injury against the Indiana Pacers January 11. As Peachtree Hoops notes, since Horford's injury, both Josh Smith and Joe Johnson have improved their play to compensate for the lost center. The Hawks will face their toughest challenge since losing Horford on Wednesday night against the Portland Trailblazers.

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Al Horford Injury: Can The Hawks Still Make The Playoffs?

The Atlanta Hawks without Al Horford will face many different challenges but should remain in the playoff discussion in the Eastern Conference.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Surgery Could Mean Return Before End Of Season

According to a Tweet from the Atlanta Hawks' VP of public relations, center Al Horford has decided to get surgery on the torn pectoral that he suffered in a loss to the Pacers on the road on Wednesday. Horford hopes that this surgery will help him make it back on the court before the end of the regular season.

Talked to @Al_Horford, who said he expects to have surgery with the hopes of returning before the season ends. #Hawks 12 minutes ago via SocialScope · powered by @socialditto

Horford's current backups at center are Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins and it's currently unclear as to whether or not the team will attempt to sign a center while Horford is out.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Discussing Moves In Wake Of Setback

Now that it has been made clear that Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford could be out for the next three to four months with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the Hawks' Wednesday night loss to the Pacers on the road, the team is trying to figure out if they will make any moves to find a new center until Horford comes back.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Gearon said he hadn’t yet spoken to GM Rick Sund and wasn’t sure what moves the Hawks might make in the wake of Horford’s injury. In addition to Horford, Atlanta’s centers include Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins.

Pachulia has averaged 5.3 points per game this season and Collins has averaged 3.9 points per game in his career (0.5 this season). Both fall short of Horford's 12.4 points per game. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks' current payroll is slightly above the luxury-tax threshold of $70 million, so they may release somebody if they try to find a replacement for Horford.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Star Out For Months, According To Reports

According to several reports, Al Horford's season may over after only 11 games:

Marc J. Spears
Hawks center Al Horford expected to be out 3-4 months with torn left pectoral muscle, source tells Yahoo! Sports.

The Hawks All-Star suffered what was initially thought to be a shoulder injury in Atlanta's loss to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, and a 3-4 month timetable would mean any possible return this season would come in the first or second round of the playoffs.

The loss of the 6'10 240 post player is devastating for the Hawks chances of advancing past the second round after three straight defeats, as his only backups are veteran retreads Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins.

Not only will losing Horford's rebounding and jump-shooting from the center position dramatically hurt Atlanta's playoff seeding, but if he returns during the playoffs, he would likely need 2-3 weeks the Hawks don't have to get his feet back under him.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Shoulder Could Cost Hawks All-Star A Month

While the full extent of the shoulder injury suffered by Al Horford in the Atlanta Hawks 96-84 loss to the Indiana Pacers hasn't been revealed, Royce Young at CBS Sports.com is speculating that it's serious enough to cost him a significant chunk of the season:

Al Horford went down with a shoulder injury that could cost him a month or more. And he's just the latest in a long line of players getting dinged up. Blame it on the condensed schedule with no camp or just coincidence, but it has seemed like the injury bug has been biting quite a bit this season.

Not only has a compressed season seemingly increased the injury rate in the NBA, but the number of games being squeezed into the calendar means that injuries are costlier than they were in years before.

Horford, a fifth-year player out of Florida, has been remarkably healthy in his time with the Hawks, playing in at least 77 games in three of his first four years in the NBA.

A two-time All-Star, he is averaging 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds on 55.3% shooting this season.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center Done For The Night With Shoulder Strain

After leaving the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, Hawks center Al Horford headed to the locker room for x-rays. The Hawks have announced that Horford has a strained shoulder and is out for the remainder of tonight's game. Horford will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Atlanta.

Zaza Pachulia replaced Horford in the Atlanta lineup and Jason Collins is now presumably the backup. The Hawks are already shorthanded tonight at the small forward position with Marvin Williams back home in Atlanta with an ankle injury and Tracy McGrady as a late scratch with back spasms.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Pacers fans should check out Indy Cornrows. For more NBA news and analysis check out SB Nation's NBA Hub.

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Al Horford Injury: Hawks Center Leaves Game With Apparent Shoulder Injury

The Atlanta Hawks are holding their breath after All-Star center Al Horford left the game in the first quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. Horford fell to the ground after having his shot blocked by Indiana's Roy Hibbert and immediately clutched his shoulder.

Horford left the floor and immediately headed to the locker room to be examined. Zaza Pachulia replaced Horford in the Hawks lineup. With Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady already sidelined for tonight's game, Atlanta can ill-afford to lose Horford for any period of time. Horford is averaging 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds through the first 10 games this season.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head over to Peachtree Hoops and Pacers fans should check out Indy Cornrows. For more NBA news and analysis check out SB Nation's NBA Hub.

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