--Al Horford isn't the only one limping these days. His team is nursing a four-game losing streak. And the worst part for Horford is he won't able to help them snap out of the funk.It'll be an excruciating week for Horford, who'll have to watch his team from afar. While the Hawks travel from Phoenix to Los Angeles (Wednesday) and finally Golden State (Friday), Horford will remain in Atlanta for treatments on the bone bruise in his right knee.
He'll be out for at least 10 days and possibly longer, depending on how the knee responds to treatment.
"This is one of those deals where you don't want three games to turn into four or five games," Horford said. "That's the way you want to think. But it's one of those things where everybody has to get back to playing the right way. And that means defending and rebounding, especially on the road, where you already know it's going to be tough to win."
It'll be even tougher without Horford.
--Hawks coach Mike Woodson conducted a training camp style practice Monday in an effort to help refocus his team.
It was a return to fundamentals, including a half-court drill full of man-on-man defensive action that resulted in plenty of hard fouls and hustle plays -- two things that have been absent from the Hawks' defensive effort these last three games.
"You have to go back to you fundamentals," Woodson said. "It starts on the practice floor. We haven't had a practice like this in a while. And nobody was moping and everybody worked. That's the only way you're going to get out of a rut, is work your way out.
"We have to get out on this road and start thinking like a team again and muster up some wins."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "These good teams, you can't spot 'em 19 or 20 points and expect to come back and win. We have to get off to better starts. Because there is no way you're going to come back and beat good teams when you're down as big as we were early." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson, on his team's lethargic play early.