Al Horford is out indefinitely with torn pectoral muscle, throwing his season into doubt

The battle to become the third-best team in the Eastern Conference has been simultaneously competitive and pathetic so far this NBA season, with various deeply flawed teams struggling to stay on the right side of .500 and provide some vague challenge to the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat at the top of the standings. The 16-13 Atlanta Hawks have staked a claim to the spot, if only by default, becoming the third and last East team with more wins than losses and something better than deeply embarrassing.

However, on Friday, the Hawks received news that will throw their current status into doubt. After leaving Thursday night’s 127-125 double-overtime win vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers with injury, star big man Al Horford will be out indefinitely with a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle. From Charles Odum for the Associated Press:

Al Horford, the Atlanta Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder, is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle, leaving his status for the remainder of the season in question.
Horford left during the first overtime of Thursday night’s 127-125 double-overtime win at Cleveland and did not return. The Hawks said an MRI and examination on Friday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta revealed the complete tear of the muscle.
”We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps for him,” Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. ”Injuries are part of the challenge of an NBA season.”

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