Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford left tonight's game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and the Hawks have announced that he will not return to the game. The official diagnosis is a shoulder strain for Horford and he will be reevaluated once the team arrives back in Atlanta tomorrow.
#Hawks' Horford out for the remainder of tonight's game (left shoulder strain), will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Atlanta.— AT - HawksPRGuy (@HawksPRGuy) January 12, 2012
Zaza Pachulia replaced Horford in the Atlanta lineup and Jason Collins is now the likely backup. Atlanta has already been bitten by the injury bug at the small forward position with both Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady both out of this game with injuries. Williams is back in Atlanta after suffering an ankle injury on Saturday. McGrady was a late scratch to tonight's game with back spasms.