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Heat’s Justise Winslow to have season-ending surgery on torn labrum

Heat forward Justise Winslow is set to undergo surgery on a torn labrum Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced.
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Game Audie Cole Jersey Winslow, 20, had not played since Dec. 30.

The second-year pro was supposed to be a big part of the Heat’s scoring attack this season after the team lost Chris Bosh to another blood clot. Unfortunately, Winslow was only able to play in 18 games this season while averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

It didn’t matter who came or went 鈥?the Hawks were always in good hands with Horford. He was the guy in the locker room that always answered for bad performances on the court and stupid statements by ownership off it.

Al has a strong presence, Mike Budenholzer said. For him to welcome me and welcome a different style of playing, a different system, I am very grateful to him. When your best players are buying in and willing to do anything that the coach is asking, everyone else tends to fall in line. He was one of those guys who helped us establish a culture and a way of playing. He’s moved on, we’ve moved on, I think, with a ton of respect for each other.

Indeed, Horford is gone and now a member of the Hawks’ biggest nemesis in the Celtics. His return to Atlanta on Jan. 13 alluded to the crossroads the Hawks face as a franchise. At 24-18 with the schedule becoming easier, the Hawks have the potential to at least match the 48 wins from a season ago and return to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

But that also brings about a question that’s been asked by Hawks fans since Horford started the run of playoff appearances … When is just making the playoffs no longer good enough?