A curious thing has happened since Al Horford’s pectoral exploded: The Hawks’ season hasn’t exploded along with it.
They have won three straight. Granted, Charlotte, Minnesota and Toronto are somewhat like the last three ingredients listed on the wrapper of a QuikTrip microwave burrito. They make you think, “Huh? What’s that?”
But it says something that a notoriously fragile team such as the Hawks hasn’t caved. It says something that a bunch that trailed by 18 points late in the third quarter against Minnesota not only didn’t roll over, but actually rallied to win.
“Last year in most cases like that, heads would’ve been down, and we would’ve surrendered,” coach Larry Drew said.
Now, this is not to project that the Hawks will be just fine without Horford (who was scheduled for surgery Tuesday and is a long shot to return before the playoffs, if even then). But it says