The Atlanta Hawks experienced a brutal loss on Sunday evening, and the loss of Al Horford to ejection was at the center of the festivities. However, it was announced on Monday afternoon that Horford will not be suspended for Game 4, leaving the team closer to full strength for a potential elimination game.
Hawks' Al Horford will not face additional discipline for Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) May 25, 2015
Horford was ejected at the end of the first half of Game 3, and the Hawks held a lead when he exited following an altercation with Matthew Dellavedova. For the most part, reaction to Horford's ejection was swift, with the majority of pundits and fans alike standing in agreement that the punishment was too severe. However, it must be noted that the NBA did not remove the flagrant-2 distinction assessed to Horford's foul.
Regardless of feelings surrounding Al Horford's ejection and the subsequent action in Cleveland during Game 3, the "bright side" is that the All-Star center will be available as the team faces the definition of a must-win spot on Tuesday evening. It's the little things, I suppose.