Al Horford Injury Likely To Sideline Hawks' Big Man For Entire Season, According To Report

Al Horford, the Atlanta Hawks' solid center, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, according to multiple reports.

The Atlanta Hawks received a major blow on Thursday, as starting center Al Horford is likely to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, according to multiple reports. The news was first broken by Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta, while Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears confirms that Horford is expected to miss 3-4 months with a torn left pectoral injury.

Horford suffered the injury in the Hawks' 96-84 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. His loss is a huge blow to a Hawks team that relies on him to do so many things. He has steadily improved over the course of his career and was named to his first All-Star team last season. He had gotten off to a slow start this year -- 12.4 points and seven rebounds per game in just under 32 minutes -- but with the Hawks' lack of depth up front, losing him is still a major blow.

Zaza Pachulia will likely start in Horford's place, and D-League call-up Ivan Johnson will probably receive more time.

For more on the Hawks, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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