ATLANTA -- Al Horford led his teammates into the locker room Sunday night, dressed in formalwear, his left arm strapped in a sling, those long strides leading the team farther away from an ugly home loss.
That sling was expected to be a doomsday scenario for the Atlanta Hawks, who did not come into the season stocked with frontcourt depth. When Horford hit the deck against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 11, few thought his team would be sitting in the fourth spot in the East one month later.
But with the physically-imposing Miami Heat at Philips Arena, the questions were suddenly aimed at the home squad: How do the Hawks contend against the leagues elite teams without consistent post play on both ends of the floor?
The team might still be searching for the answers.
For one of the first times since Horford tore his left pectoral muscle, his absence was painfully obvious.
All-Stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade bulled their way into the lane without much opposition, finishing around t...