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Al Horford To Miss 3-4 Months Per Yahoo! Sports

Worst. Case. Scenario.

Maybe the one guy the Hawks could not afford to lose --- Al Horford is out 3-4 months --- per Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).

From the official release from the team:

The Atlanta Hawks learned this afternoon that All-Star center Al Horford will likely miss three-to-four months of action after an MRI revealed a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder as a result of an injury he suffered with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter of Wednesday's game at Indiana.

Typically, this type of injury requires surgery, but Horford will get a second opinion and make a final decision at that time.

"We are very disappointed for Al and our team and we wish him the best as he moves forward in the rehabilitation process," said Hawks' Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund. "He has contributed greatly to our success since his arrival in Atlanta, and that's evident by his selection to the NBA's All-League team last season (third team pick)."

The two-time All-Star finished with five points and two rebounds before leaving last night's contest, and in 11 games, Horford posted 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks to go along with .553 FGs (eighth in the NBA).

Anyway, discuss. More will follow. For now, a clip that serves as the keynote for today's bad news: