After suffering a torn pectoral muscle in his right shoulder, Hawks forward Al Horford will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday in Atlanta, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Horford suffered the injury Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and an MRI on Friday revealed the tear. The loss of Horford is devastating to the Hawks' frontline. At 17-14, the Hawks have a stronghold on the third-best record in the sputtering Eastern Conference. Only Miami, Indiana and Atlanta have winning records in the East.
It's the second torn pectoral for Horford in three years. He tore his left pectoral in January 2012.
For Horford, 27, this had been one of his best seasons in the NBA. He had been averaging 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Hawks.
Horford had told David Aldridge of NBA.com last week that it was unlikely he could return this season.