Preview: The injury-depleted Timberwolves will embark on a four-game road trip following this game -- including games at Oklahoma City and San Antonio --so a victory at home, even without Kevin Love, is important. But it won't be easy: Atlanta's 9-6 road record is second-best in the Eastern Conference and fifth-best in the NBA. The Hawks have won 11 in a row over the Wolves; the last Wolves victory came at Target Center in April 2006.
Players to watch: Wolves F Andrei Kirilenko is one steal away from 1,000 for his career and one assist away from 2,000. ... F Derrick Williams is shooting 49 percent in his past 18 games. ... All five Hawks starters are averaging in double figures, led by G Lou Williams (15.3) and C Al Horford (15.8 points). Horford also averages 9.7 rebounds per game.
Numbers: The Wolves have yet to win this season (0-6) when scoring fewer than 90 points. ... Atlanta is sixth in the NBA in points allowed; only three teams have shot better than .500 this season against Atlanta. ... Atlanta's 10-5 record in December was tied for the best in the Eastern Conference.
Injuries: For the Wolves, F Love (hand), F Chase Budinger (knee), G Brandon Roy (knee) and G Malcolm Lee (knee) are out. G Ricky Rubio (back) and C Nikola Pekovic (hip) are probable. For Atlanta, G Devin Harris (foot) and G/F Anthony Morrow (hip) are doubtful.
|LA Angels||6||Bottom 11th Inning|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer||2|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez||4|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||3|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Smith||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb||5|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa||2|
|Arizona - LP: T. Cahill||0||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||3|
|Colorado||3||Top 7th Inning|
|NY Yankees||10||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Minnesota||2||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Oakland||1||Top 9th Inning|
|Atlanta||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|St. Louis||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Pittsburgh||3||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||39||3rd Qtr|