This was set to be a year where the Hawks could at least try and get past the second round of the playoffs, but they have zero chance of doing that now. Not without Horford.
The Hawks will be without their All-Star center for a minimum of three months with a shoulder injury. Now they have to worry about hanging on for the rest of the season and even making the playoffs.
If there was one guy the Atlanta Hawks couldn't afford to lose, they just lost him.
Horford's averaged nearly a double-double throughout his five-year career. But what he brings to the Hawks at the defensive and of the floor and in the form of toughness can't be replaced.
He's one of the few elite big men in the game that can run floor, handle the ball, pass and finish. Defensively he can guard the 4 or the 5. Guys like that are next to impossible to replace.
It definitely means Atlanta won't be making any type of playoff run.
So what do they do in the meantime?
Zaza Pachulia got the start against Charlotte and had a 10 point and 10 rebound performance. But can he be counted on for a double-double performance on a nightly basis?
The Hawks frontcourt is now very thin on talent. They need to make a move, but quality big men really aren't out there to be had.
The injury to Horford screws the Hawks for now, but we'll see if they can keep things together until he returns.