Al Horford Has Torn Pectoral Muscle, DeMarre Carroll Day-to-Day

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All of the Hawks worst fears may have been realized. Al Horford, who missed 55 games during the 2011-12 lockout season with a torn left muscle, suffered a torn right pectoral muscle in Thursday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is per Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer Chris Vivlamore:

 

Later, the Hawks would confirm the news.

 

Horford tore his left pectoral muscle two seasons ago, 11 games into the season against the Indiana Pacers. He missed the rest of the regular season, but made his return halfway into the first round postseason series with the Boston Celtics. Should this year’s tear be the same severity of that season’s, Horford will be out for the regular season and the postseason.

Needless to say, this is a crushing blow for the Atlanta Hawks as Horford is the de facto vocal leader and primary offense option. He was averaging 18.6 points per game with a TS% of 58.8, 8.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while carrying the heaviest offensive and defensive load of his career. In his place, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and Paul Millsap become the foundation of the Hawks offense, and Elton Brand, Mike Scott, Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon with look to replace his presence down low.

On a better note, DeMarre Carroll did not suffer a serious injury to his thumb in the same game. An X-ray came back negative according to the same source.

 

We’ll look to see how the Hawks cope with this huge loss in the coming days and weeks.

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