Hawks Pachulia out for the season (achilles)

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Saturday, March 30, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery on his sore right Achilles and miss the rest of the season.

The team announced Saturday that Pachulia had decided on surgery, feeling it was the best way to ensure a complete recovery.

The operation will be performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time is approximately six months.

In 52 games this season, including 15 starts, Pachulia averaged 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.8 minutes. He was a valuable backup behind starting center Al Horford, leaving Atlanta with another hole to fill heading into the playoffs. The Hawks already lost guard Lou Williams to a season-ending knee injury.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press

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