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                 === Hawks entertain injury-riddled Wolves ===
 (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks are 3-8 in the month of January, but they
 will  try to  finish the  month  out strong,  starting with  a Monday  matinee
 against the injury-ravaged Minnesota Timberwolves.
 The  Hawks  have lost two in  a row and four  of their last five. They fell at
 home  to the San Antonio Spurs, 98-93, on Saturday and lost in Brooklyn Friday
 night, 94-89.
 The  loss in Brooklyn hurt even more than normal. Guard Lou Williams came down
 on a fastbreak, his knee buckled and the worst fears were confirmed. Williams,
 who  finished  second in Sixth Man  of the Year  voting last season as a 76er,
 tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
 "We're going to miss him," said head coach Larry Drew. "He was a leader in the
 locker  room.  He's a great person  to have on the  team. We all know what his
 talents are on the court.
 "But in these type situations, you just have to regroup, you have to move on."
 The majority of Williams' minutes are expected to go to Vanderbilt rookie John
 Jenkins.  He scored  nine points  on 3-for-12  shooting in  almost 23  minutes
 against the Spurs.
 You'll forgive the Timberwolves if they don't have sympathy for an injury. The
 team  was granted  a hardship  exception by  the NBA  because of  their injury
 situation and were allowed to sign an extra player to a 10-day contract.
 Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson were both signed Saturday morning, then the
 two  scored Minnesota's  first  23 points  of the  fourth  quarter that  night
 against the Houston Rockets.
 The T-Wolves beat the Rockets, 92-79, to snap a five-game losing streak.
 "You've got to give them a lot of credit," said guard J.J. Barea. "They stayed
 ready.  They were  playing, and they did  a great job of staying ready. That's
 how  you  need, you  need  guys  who have  a  10-day  contract and  they  take
 advantage. They get the opportunity, it's a big opportunity for them, too, and
 they did a great job."
 Johnson  scored  15 points and Gelabale  added 11. Four other Wolves scored in
 double figures, led by 21 from veteran Andrei Kirilenko.
 The injured list for Minnesota is long. All-NBA forward Kevin Love is out with
 a broken hand. Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger are sidelined indefinitely after
 surgery. Malcolm Lee is done for the season.
 Even Nikola Pekovic, Dante Cunningham and Alexey Shved missed the Rockets game
 with  various problems and none of those three are expected to be back for the
 Atlanta game.
 The  Timberwolves bested the Hawks, 108-103, in Minnesota on Jan. 8. The Hawks
 had  won 11 straight  against the Wolves prior to their victory earlier in the
 month. The T'Wolves are winless in nine straight at the Hawks.
 01/21 10:42:05 ET

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