UPDATE — Kevin Love will start for the Minnesota Timberwolves at power forward.
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.
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
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Gustavo Ayon
PG: Ricky Rubio | SG: Kevin Martin | SF: Corey Brewer | PF: Kevin Love | C: Ronny Turiaf
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).
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