Dec 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver (26) and small forward DeMarre Carroll (5) and point guard Jeff Teague (0) and center Al Horford (15) walk on the court against the Utah Jazz in the third quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

VIDEO: Al Horford Begins Rehab for Torn Right Pectoral Injury

The trade deadline is now in the rear-view mirror and attention is beginning to shift toward the end of the season as well as the offseason that follows.

There are a lot of unknowns as to what direction the Hawks will go this offseason, however the recovery of Al Horford may be the most important narrative surrounding the Hawks going into next season.

Al took a big step in his recovery this week by beginning therapy sessions on his right pectoral muscle. The therapy comes about seven weeks after the season-ending surgery. This is the second time he’s suffered an injury to his shoulder, the first was to his left pectoral muscle back in early 2012.

Horford posted a video to his Instagram account Wednesday of his first session. He also posted the following message on Twitter: “First Rehab session. Done with recovery phase, now getting mobility back.”

Since Al’s injury, the Hawks have seen struggles trying to stay competitive and fill the void he left behind. Pero Antic, Mike Scott and DeMarre Carroll have headlined the impressive stance by the Hawks to continue the push for a playoff spot, but further injuries have tested the depth of the team.

The Hawks are not expected to see their All-Star center back until training camp next season, but the absence will be a bit less of a burden when Pero Antic gets back to full strength.

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