UPDATE: The Hawks have removed Trae Young and Kevin Huerter from the injury report and both are available to play. Atlanta also upgraded De’Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando from questionable to probable.
The Atlanta Hawks made a major move on Tuesday evening (into Wednesday morning) when they pulled the trigger on a four-team deal that brings Clint Capela to town. While that maneuver takes up much of the oxygen, the Hawks have a road game on Wednesday evening, facing off against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that enters on a 12-game losing streak.
It should be noted that the Wolves have more talent than a typical team with that kind of losing run, headlined by Karl-Anthony Towns. Still, Minnesota has been scuffling mightily in recent days — famously, the Wolves haven’t won a game with Towns in the lineup since before Thanksgiving — and that raises expectations for Atlanta. On top of that, the Wolves were involved the same, four-team swap as the Hawks on Tuesday, leaving a lot of uncertainty as to which players will actually suit up here.
The Hawks are coming off a reasonably competitive home loss on Monday, falling short against the Celtics with a depleted roster. Atlanta will once again be battling the injury bug, however, and updated reports will be crucial to monitor throughout the day.
At present, Trae Young (right elbow contusion/right ankle sprain) and Kevin Huerter (adductor pain) are seemingly on track to play with ‘probable’ designations. Elsewhere, De’Andre Hunter (ankle) and Bruno Fernando (calf) are questionable, with the Hawks set to be without Cam Reddish (concussion), Alex Len, Jabari Parker and DeAndre’ Bembry. While it would be fun to envision, Capela will not be available, even if the trade is official by game time, with travel and an active injury to his heel as considerations.
Depending on how the injury status swings before tip-off, Lloyd Pierce could be reliant on a player like Treveon Graham again on Wednesday, though Hunter and Fernando would be godsends after multi-game absences. From a point spread perspective, the Hawks are currently five-point underdogs on the road, which is sure to draw attention give the presence of Minnesota’s losing streak.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 8:00 pm ET
Location: Target Center
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass