The Hawks' bad luck would be funny if it wasn't so unbelievably sinister these days.
Two weeks after losing starting power forward Josh Smith to a high
ankle sprain that will keep him out of action for anywhere from two
weeks to a month, the Hawks lost starting center Al Horford to a right
ankle sprain in a loss to Indiana Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Hawks probably thought they'd already dealt with their big
injury blow of this early season Smith went.
But watching Horford limp off the floor with 5:12 to play in the
first quarter Tuesday had to be a cruel blow for Hawks coach Mike
Woodson, who was piecing lineups together with repeated injuries to
his big men the past two weeks.
Horford was examined (the ankle was X-rayed and there was no
determination made about the severity of the injury) and stayed in the
locker room icing his ankle for the rest of the game.
The prospect of playing for even a half, let alone any extended
period of time, without both Smith and Horford has to be a frightening
one for the Hawks, whose interior defense was been non-existent
Things just got really interesting for these Hawks.
After that glorious 6-0 start, the Hawks will have every
opportunity to show what they're made of now that they'll have some
adversity to deal with for the foreseeable future.
PACERS 113, HAWKS 96: Indianapolis -- The nasty blows just keep
coming for the Hawks.
Their 6-0 start to this season is fading rapidly into the
background as the injuries and losses continue to mount.
They doubled up on the bad stuff Tuesday night, losing Al Horford
to a sprained ankle with 5:12 to play in the first quarter of their
fourth straight loss, a humbling 113-96 beating at the hands of
Indiana before a sparse crowd of 13,379 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Making matters even more complex for the Hawks is that they'll
have just a few hours to process where they go from here with
Washington coming to Philips Arena for a game Wednesday night.
Danny Granger smoked the Hawks for a game-high 34 points,
including 10 crucial points in the fourth quarter to hold off a late
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 25 points.