Hawk Talk: Hawks at Timberwolves Preview

Dante Cunningham will start for Kevin Love tonight, who is out with his re-broken hand.

When: 7pm

Where: Target Center; Minneapolis, MN

See It: FSN

Hear It: WCCO AM 830

Alright, the injuries this season have officially gotten old. Still no Chase Budinger, and now no Kevin Love for a yet-unknown amount, meaning that if the Timberwolves are going to have to find a way to scrape together a couple wins. At least they’ll get Ricky Rubio back tonight. It still hurts being down a couple of your best players going against a good Hawks team, even though you’re at home. And although the Hawks will be without Anthony Morrow and Devin Harris, neither of those players are obviously on Love’s level, and they still have Al Horford and Josh Smith in the frontcourt.

With the Iso-Joe Johnson offense out of town, the Hawks are player at a quicker pace, but have also held on to their sixth overall ranking in opponents points per game from last season and their opp.  eFG% and their Turnover percentages have held up, too. The difference, though, has been in that they don’t foul a lot, and are the best in the league at keeping their opponents off of the line. Of course, drawing fouls is something the Timberwolves have done well, but will be without one of their biggest reasons for that (Love).

The challenge will be to get good high percentage points in another way.

With five games in seven nights, it could be very important to get some momentum going in the right direction, but the Wolves will have to work to get that going tonight. But, hey, they have an army; we have a unicorn.

Projected Starting Fives: 

Jeff Teague — PG — Luke Ridnour

Lou Williams — SG — Alexey Shved

Kyle Korver — SF — Andrei Kirilenko

Josh Smith — PF — Dante Cunningham

Al Horford — C — Nikola Pekovic


About Derek James

In addition to writing for Howlin' T-Wolf, Derek James writes about basketball Hardwood Paroxysm in the ESPN TrueHoop Network and covers the Charlotte Bobcats for SB Nation’s Rufus on Fire. Andray Blatche and Isaiah Rider follow him on Twitter.

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