Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Rubio, Ridnour start again vs. big Hawks team tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 14, 2012 - 5:56 PM

Rick Adelman said he and his coaches debated at length before tonight's game at Atlanta until they decided not long before opening tip to go with the same starters as last night.

That means Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour will start together in the backcourt, even though one of them will be have to defend 6-7 Joe Johnson in a major guard mismatch.

"Except at point guard, they are big right across the line," Adelman said. "We're overmatched size-wise completely, but we have to go with our strengths, too. Just trying to figure out a way to combat 'em."

The Hawks play on with starting center Al Horford, who tore a pectoral muscle against Indiana this week and will miss at least three months.

The Hawks announced Horford's injury the same day Golden State said forward Kwame Brown will be out for three to four months also with a torn pectoral muscle.

"I don't think I've ever heard of that," Adelman said of the two relatively rare injuries in one day and attributing it to the demands of this condensed 66-game season.

The Hawks will get forward Marvin Williams back tonight, though.

The Wolves, of course, still are missing Michael Beasley, J.J. Barea, Malcolm Lee, Martell Webster and Brad Miller.

Tonight's game also is not on local television, so if you don't get the NBA League Pass, maybe you can find it at your local bar or perhaps pirated on the Internet somewhere.

 

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