Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 1:05 pm  |  9 responses

Al Horford to Miss First Round of the NBA Playoffs

Some bad news out of Atlanta today — center Al Horford, still recovering from surgery to repair his left pectoral muscle, will not suit up in the first round of the Playoffs. Per the AJC: “I just spoke with Hawks center Al Horford, who confirmed that he will miss at least the first round of the playoffs. Horford has been rehabbing from left pectoral muscle surgery and said he is just not where he needs to be physically. Horford went through 4-on-4 full-court drills on Monday and was encouraged, prompting him to tell a reporter he was planning to return for the playoffs. However on Tuesday, Horford said he knew he could not play. ‘Yesterday, I realized that I’m not nearly where I need to be or want to be – not even to give the team anything,’ Horford said. ‘That’s when we kind of decided that it was best for me to take some time off, keep working, see how I progress. But we are just not where we need to be yet.’ Horford will not play against the Mavs in the regular-season finale Thursday nor the first-round series against the Celtics. He said he will continue to work in the hopes he could return for the second round of the playoffs should the Hawks advance.”

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  • Rainman

    That just made Bostons job a lot easier. Garnett playing C doesnt have to deal with him, and can continue dominating against other non true Centers (not that Hortford was a true center to begin with but…)

  • irondan21

    The title of this article should read: Al Horford to Miss Playoffs. Who honestly thinks the Hawks can get out of the first round?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^maybe the three or so people that attend their home games

  • Dirtybird

    hardy har har

  • thor

    Well they played them close in the first two games of the season, and off course won the last with the stars resting for Boston. This isn’t gonna be easy forr the C’s. I would say that they have a legit chanceto advance.

  • guahan

    then again nobody thought they would beat the magic last yr either right? i wouldnt be suprised they get past the C’s.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Everyone thought the Hawks would lose to the Heat three years ago and the Magic last year, too. Just saying. The two games the Celtics won this year against the Hawks were by a combined 5 points. It’s not like they dominated.

  • http://slamonline.com it

    Teague is becoming a solid point guard that can at times neutralize superior star guards. Marvin has gotten a jolt of life (knock on wood) from his new role as “star” of our underrated second squad. And we may not have a CP3/Rondo/Nash type playmaker, but J-Smoove, Sleepy Joe, and Zaza are all plus in the area for their respective positions. I don’t expect to see many (if any) 100 point nights from us, but the Celtics won’t be dropping 100 either. As a fan, you can only ask for a series as exciting as the one we got from these teams in ’08, and hope your teams comes out on top. Hawks Rise Up! and earn some media love, please.

  • Myung

    We’ll see if Horford can come back by the time we face Chicago in Round 2.