The Minnesota Timberwolves (4-7) might be catching the Atlanta Hawks (8-4) at the right time when the teams face off at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night.
The Atlanta Hawks fared well in their first game after learning that star power forward Al Horford will miss at least three months with a torn pectoral muscle in his shoulder, as they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 111-81. However, that might not prove to be very meaningful, because the Bobcats have lost 10 of 11 games. Josh Smith stepped up in a big way in that game, putting up 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will be looking to make it two straight wins in two straight nights, as they defeated the New Orleans Hornets 87-80 on Friday night. Kevin Love poured in 34 points and 15 rebounds in the game, and Ricky Rubio started in the backcourt with Luke Ridnour and finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers in 44 minutes. With the win, Minnesota improved to a respectable 2-2 on the road this season, a year after going 5-36 on the road.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET.