Wolves-Atlanta game preview
- March 25, 2014 - 11:11 PM
7 p.m. vs. Atlanta • Target Center • FSN • 830-AM
Talk about streaky: The 31-38 Hawks have lost three consecutive games after they won five in a row. Before that, they had losing streaks of seven and six games sandwiched around a single victory. They lost Monday at home 102-95 to a Phoenix team that had beaten the Wolves in a big comeback victory at Target Center the afternoon before. … This concludes the two-game season series. The Hawks won the first meeting 120-113 in Atlanta on Feb. 1, a game in which Kyle Korver made seven of nine shots and scored 24 points. Kevin Love delivered a 43-point, 19-rebound game for the Wolves. The Hawks haven’t won at Target Center since Nov. 5, 2010.
Players to watch: Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap is the only player in the NBA this season who is averaging at least 16 points, 8 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. He’s averaging 17.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg and 1.1 bpg. ... Korver’s NBA-record streak of 127 consecutive games with a three-pointer made ended March 5 at Portland. That easily surpassed the previous record of 89 held by Dana Barros. ... The Hawks brought back Roseville big man Mike Muscala – a second-round pick last summer – from Spain at February’s end to help their injury-depleted frontcourt and he’s averaging 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in nine games.
Injuries: Wolves backup point guard J.J. Barea (sprained foot) is questionable, center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful and backup center Ronny Turiaf (knee bone bruise) is out. Hawks big men Al Horford (torn pectoral muscle) and Gustayo Ayon (shoulder) as well as G John Jenkins (back) all are out after undergoing season-ending surgeries. Korver (back spasms) is questionable.
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