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Jan 29, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman looks on with forward Kevin Love (42) during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Pelicans 88-77. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves vs Hawks: Game Thread - Kevin Love (Sprained Ankle) Will Start

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UPDATE — Kevin Love will start for the Minnesota Timberwolves at power forward.

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Fresh off a dominating win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, the Hawks return home to Atlanta where they’ll host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

All-Star power forward Kevin Love is listed as a “game-time decision” for tonight’s matchup with a sprained ankle after the injury occurred last night in Minnesota’s loss to Memphis.

The Hawks are the only team Love has never beaten in his six-year career.

The Timberwolves have lost the last 10 straight games when playing the Hawks in Atlanta.

 

Quick Facts

Who?: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks

What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #46, Home Game #23)

Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)

When?: Saturday, February 1 – 7:30 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HD TV

 

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Gustavo Ayon

Minnesota Timberwolves:

PG: Ricky Rubio | SG: Kevin Martin | SF: Corey Brewer | PF: Kevin Love | C: Ronny Turiaf

 

Injury Report

Atlanta Hawks: Pero Antic (stress fracture, right ankle), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and John Jenkins (low back pain) are out.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Pekovic (right ankle bursitis) is out.

 

Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Minnesota Timberwolves (23-23) / Atlanta Hawks (24-21)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1               Minnesota Timberwolves –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1

Home/Away Records: Hawks are (15-7) at home / Timberwolves are (10-14) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks are coming off an important road win after they crushed the 76ers in Philadelphia on Friday night 125-99.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Lukewarm. The T’wolves are 2-2 in their 4 games with back-to-back wins against the Bulls and Pelicans and bookend losses to Portland and most recently to Memphis on Friday night.

 

Series Notes/Past Series Notes

The Hawks host the Timberwolves for the first-of-two contests this season. The teams will meet again on 3/26 in Minnesota. The 2012-13 series resulted in a 1-1 split with each club winning at home. The Timberwolves last defeated the Hawks on 1/8/13 (108-103) in Minnesota. Atlanta’s most recent road victory came on 11/5/10 (113-103). The Hawks lead the all-time series 29-16 (11-11 on the road).

 

Common Threads

Hawks Assistant Coach Jim Thomas played three games with the Timberwolves in 1990-91. DeMarre Carroll has been teammates briefly with Corey Brewer (Denver in 2011-12), Chase Budinger (Houston in 2010-11) and Kevin Martin (Houston in 2010-11). Gustavo Ayon played 12 games for Milwaukee in 2012-13, alongside Luc Mbah a Moute. Shelvin Mack and A.J. Price both played for Washington in 2012-13, while Mack and Ronny Turiaff suited up together with the Wizards in 2011-12. Kenny Atkinson coached Turiaff as an Assistant Coach with the Knicks in 2010-11.

Information was used from the Hawks and Timberwolves official gamenotes

 

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