NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 23rd (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20-50) at Atlanta Hawks (41-29), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks will try and bounce back from a loss against LeBron James and the Cavs when they return to Philips Arena tonight to kick off a grueling four-game homestand versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Atlanta entered Saturday's game in Cleveland fresh off a perfect seven-game homestand, but James posted 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 102-96 victory to cool off the surging Hawks. Joe Johnson netted 24 points and Flip Murray 22 for Atlanta, which will shoot for its eighth consecutive win at home and will also host three powerhouses in the Spurs, Celtics and Lakers.
Maurice Evans scored 15 points and Mike Bibby added 14 in defeat. The Hawks, who are 27-7 in Georgia in 2008-09, currently occupy the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The lowly Timberwolves will open a three-game road trip Monday against Atlanta, Philadelphia and Cleveland, and are 10-24 away from the Target Center this season. They have also dropped six in a row as the visitor.
Minnesota has lost four straight overall, including Sunday's 97-90 setback versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in a battle of inept squads. Craig Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost 20 of its previous 23 contests.
Rodney Carney chipped in 15 points, while Bobby Brown had 12 and Kevin Love ended with 10 points and six boards in a losing effort.
The Hawks have won five in a row against the Timberwolves and recently handed them a 94-86 loss on February 4 in Minnesota. The Wolves are winless in their last five trips to Atlanta.
03/23 10:31:12 ET