ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22: Al Horford #15 and Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks battle for a rebound against Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Michael Cunningham, the beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is reporting that Al Horford will be out for the first round of the playoffs and Zaza Pachulia could miss time in the first few games:
Yesterday, Horford met with a specialist that initially shut him down and then hours later greenlit him for 15 minutes a game. I won't believe this news until I see Horford and Patchouli Stink in street clothes for Game 1.
Horford went through 4-on-4 full-court drills on Monday and was encouraged, prompting him to tell a reporter he was planning to return for the playoffs. However on Tuesday, Horford said he knew he could not play. “Yesterday, I realized that I’m not nearly where I need to be or want to be – not even to give the team anything,” Horford said. “That’s when we kind of decided that it was best for me to take some time off, keep working, see how I progress. But we are just not where we need to be yet.”