Tonight the Wolves will see a much different Hawks team than the one they beat in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Starting Hawks center Dwight Howard missed that game because of back tightness. Guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. was hurt early in that game.
Both are expected to play tonight when the two teams tip off at 7 p.m. at Target Center.
The addition of Howard – and his 14.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game – changes the Hawks lineup.
“You’re talking about one of the elite bigs in the league, in terms of rebounding, shot-blocking and he’s such a force rolling to the basket,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said of Howard. “It changes, a bit, how they play, in terms of their ability to spread you out. They can play big with Howard in there, and also downsize and go small. You have to be ready for both.’’