Hawks vs Timberwolves: Game Thread

The Atlanta Hawks hope to get back in the win column tonight as they head up north to visit the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:00 PM (ET).

Perennial all-star Kevin Love is out indefinitely for Minnesota after suffering a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand during the third quarter of a game back on Jan. 3 against the Denver Nuggets. Guards Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger will also be out for the T’wolves after both players suffered knee injuries earlier in the season that will have each of them out for the next 2-3 months at least.

The Hawks will be without Anthony Morrow, who is dealing with back stiffness, and likely Devin Harris as well. Harris has missed the past 10 games due to a sore left foot.


Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Minnesota Timberwolves

What?: East Coast vs West Coast Showdown (Game # 33, Road Game #16)

Where?: Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)

When?: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 – 8:00 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM


Projected Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Lou Williams | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford


Minnesota Timberwolves:

PG: Luke Ridnour | SG: Alexey Shved | SF: Dante Cunningham | PF: Andrei Kirilenko | C: Nikola Pekovic


Injury/Inactive Players Report

Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris (sore left foot) is doubtful. Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) is out.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio (back spasms) and Nikola Pekovic (strained left hip) are questionable. Malcolm Lee (hyperextended right knee), Brandon Roy (right knee surgery), Chase Budinger (lateral meniscus tear), and Kevin Love (fractured metacarpal) are out.


Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Atlanta Hawks (20-12) … Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15)

Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Minnesota Timberwolves –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Won 1

Home/Away Records: Hawks are (9-6) on the road … Timberwolves are (9-5) at home.

Atlanta Hawks: Cold. Hawks have lost two straight and 3-of-4 overall since getting blown out by the Rockets in Houston on New Years Eve.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Cold. The T’wolves are coming off a 102-97 home loss against the Portland Trailblazers and will be without their best player, and double-double machine, Kevin Love for the indefinite future.


Season/Past Season Series

Atlanta heads to Minnesota for the only time this year in the first-of-two games between the clubs. The Timberwolves come to Philips Arena on 1/21 to finish the season series. The Hawks currently own an 11-game winning streak against the T’Wolves and have taken five straight in Minnesota. The Timberwolves last win against Atlanta was an 84-83 home triumph on 4/9/06. Atlanta leads the all-time series 28-15, including an 11-10 road record.


Common Threads

Anthony Tolliver played the last two seasons with Minnesota, appearing in 116 contests with the Timberwolves. Tolliver, Brandon Roy and Dante Cunningham were all teammates briefly in Portland (2009-10). Kyle Korver and Lou Williams were teammates of Lou Amundson in Philadelphia. Korver and Andrei Kirilenko played together with Utah. Devin Harris and JJ Barea teamed together with the Dallas Mavericks, as did DeShawn Stevenson and Barea. Johan Petro and Luke Ridnour teamed-up with Seattle from 2005-08. Hawks scout Greg Ballard was an assistant coach with the Timberwolves for nine years.


Information was used from the Hawks and Timberwolves official gamenotes

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