Found January 19, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
Picture_1
When Al Horford went down for the season with his shoulder injury, you really wondered if the Hawks were prepared for what was ahead. Before the first game without Horford, a dazed team spouted the usual "we have to step up" maxims. And then there was Josh Smith, who initially seemed deluded, saying he didn't think his responsibilities would increase at all ("I have enough responsibilities," he said), before easing his defenses and admitting he and his teammates would have to play "a little outside their element." Well, Atlanta sent the Blazers back to Portland with a loss. The Hawks' 92-89 win makes them 4-0 since Horford went down. Everybody is playing "a little out of their element" alright especially the author of that statement. He had 17 points, 11 boards, three blocks and two steals against the Blazers. He was everywhere. He controlled the boards, he pushed the tempo and he brought the "energy" the "energy"...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

After losing Horford, Hawks show surprising grit

When Al Horford tumbled to the court, his hopes of playing again this season all but snuffed out, everyone figured he'd take the Atlanta Hawks down with him. Well, look who's in first place. The Hawks (11-4) have won four straight since their All-Star center tore his left pectoral muscle, an injury that required surgery and will keep him out for most if not the entire rest...

Hawks Insider: Hawks keep winning without Horford

Josh Smith tried to warn us. When Al Horford went down for the regular season with a torn left pectoral muscle, Smith warned anyone that would listen that the Hawks would not just fold and relinquish their position in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Three wins later and folks are finally starting to listen to the Hawks' enigmatic star, who pounded the Toronto Raptors...

After losing Horford, Hawks show surprising grit

When Al Horford tumbled to the court, his hopes of playing again this season all but snuffed out, everyone figured he'd take the Atlanta Hawks down with him.

Hawks F Horford has successful surgery on pec

The Atlanta Hawks say All-Star center Al Horford has undergone successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle.

Hawks big man Horford has surgery on shoulder

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks say All-Star center Al Horford has undergone successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle.

Trail Blazers vs. Hawks Preview | Handicapping | Betting Odds Jan. 18

The Matchup The Trail Blazers have really cooled off lately, but they did win their last game on the road even though it was against the weak Hornets. The Hawks suffered a big blow with the loss of C Al Horford for, at least, a couple of months, but they are still playing well and have won 3 straight. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE BLAZERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB! Portland...

Hawks C Horford undergoes successful surgery

Atlanta Hawks general manager Rick Sund announced on Tuesday that center Al Horford underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle.

Atlanta Hawks 93, Toronto Raptors 84

The Hawks outscored the Raptors 20-13 in the 4th quarter last night to pull away from the pesky Raptors.  Josh Smith (28 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot) and Joe Johnson (27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots) led the way for the Hawks last night.  Jeff Teague pitched in with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot...

Hawks edge Trail Blazers for fourth win in row

Joe Johnson scored 24 points and came up with a key defensive play down the stretch, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their fourth straight victory since losing All-Star center Al Horford, 92-89 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks game preview

Jamal Crawford faces his former team as the Blazers take on Josh Smith and the Hawks at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.