|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 27, 2013 at 7:25 PM|
The NBA has been plagued with big injuries for the past 2-3 years. It's been something that I don't recall seeing so much of in past era's. The loss of Horford helps the Celtics if the Hawks fall out of the playoff hunt. I don't wish on any injury for any player. This is bad for the NBA.
"Russell has been playing pain free but recently had experienced increased swelling," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement Friday. "After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs.
"On the most recent MRI, it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell's work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate."
The Atlanta Hawks were dealt a big blow Friday when an MRI revealed that forward Al Horford suffered a completely torn right pectoral muscle during the team's double-overtime win Thursday night at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He is out indefinitely as the Hawks and Horford research options.
"We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps," Hawks general manger Danny Ferry said in a statement. "Injuries are part of the challenge of an NBA season."