Hawks coach Larry Drew said he had no second thoughts about his decision to sit center Al Horford for more than 20 minutes of the team's Game 2 loss to Orlando on Tuesday.
Drew removed Horford from the game after he was called for two fouls within the first three minutes and left him on the bench until after halftime. The Hawks struggled to rebound and score over that time, and Horford is the team's best rebounder and most efficient scorer.
Horford, a two-time All-Star, played just 26 minutes in the 88-82 loss and finished with the two fouls. Drew almost always handled Horford the same way during the regular season.
"It's one of those things you hate to come out of the game and sit out for a whole half because you are not in a rhythm," Horford said. "The third quarter comes around and you try to get into the flow of things. It's one of those things that we learn from that, and if we are in this position again, hopefully Coach puts me in in the second quarter and we just play and see what happens."
Horford has the lowest foul rate among NBA centers who played at least 1,000 minutes this season, and he has fouled out of four of his 335 career games, including the playoffs.
Drew said he had planned to send Horford back in Game 2, but didn't because the Hawks led for most of the second period. The Magic went on a 14-3 run over the final five minutes of the half.
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