Two valuable big men will be missing from their team’s lineups for a little while after suffering torn pectoral muscles.
The Hawks Al Horford left the game early last night with what was originally reported as a shoulder injury and was diagnosed today with a torn pectoral muscle. He’s out for the next 3-4 months, which most likely means the rest of the season. He could return right at the end or possibly for the playoffs, but is safely droppable in all leagues.
Zaza Pachulia will step into the starting lineup and play around 30 minutes a game. He’s valuable if you need boards and points. He’ll be a nightly candidate for a double-double. He’s not going to explode in scoring but will be a solid 8-10 boards a night.
Golden State’s Kwame Brown suffered the same injury and will most likely miss the rest of the season also. Andris Biedrins will probably get a little more run as C and Baylor product Ekpe Udoh will be the first big off the bench. Udoh is somebody to keep an eye on for blocks and boards, and if Biedrins were to go down, he’d be a huge add. There’s no need to run out and grab either Warrior big man, but see how the minutes all shake out.