C Al Horford out for Atlanta’s final home game

Center Al Horford is sitting out the Atlanta Hawks’ final home

game of the regular season because of soreness in his chest.

Horford missed most of last season after having surgery on his

left pectoral muscle. He said before Tuesday’s game that he’s

having some lingering pain in that same area, so he wants to give

it a rest with the playoffs approaching.

As a precaution, he was checked by the same doctor who performed

the surgery. Horford will travel with the team for its finale

Wednesday in New York against the Knicks, but it’s not known if

he’ll be able to play.

Horford ranks second on the team at 17.4 points a game and leads

the team in rebounding at 10.2.