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Bad news for Horford, Hawks about return date

Al Horford lay on the floor in pain after injuring his shoulder during Wednesday loss to the Pacers.

Al Horford lay on the floor in pain after injuring his shoulder during Wednesday loss to the Pacers.

ATLANTA — Hawks center Al Horford says he's definitely out for the first-round playoff series against Boston.

Horford has missed most of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle.

After practicing four-on-four earlier in the week, Horford was optimistic about returning to face the Celtics. But he conceded that his left arm just isn't strong enough to endure the wear-and-tear of a grueling playoff series.

Horford is still hoping to play in the second round if the Hawks advance.