The Falcons face the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, and a win essentially locks up a seat in the postseason for the first time since 2012. They’re hopeful for the return of the NFL’s leading receiver Julio Jones, but he says his decision to not rush back has to do with the timing of it all late in the season. Hugh said “Julio is the straw that stirs the drink, I want him 100% and as well as they played the last few weeks without him, he makes them that much better.”
the Hawks sputtered down the stretch against the Timberwolves, falling 92-84 at home, Atlanta managed just 15 points in the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard was out and Tim Hardaway Jr was limited in the loss, the Hawks travel to Denver on Friday night, a 9:00 tip.