Player News - Timberwolves

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Gary Neal came off the bench for 28 minutes on Wednesday and had seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer on 2-of-5 shooting.

He was iffy coming in due to an ankle injury, but obviously, Flip Saunders felt like it was no big deal, even though Neal was actually doubtful at one point because of it. He didn't do much with the minutes, but he should at least be watched closely in case this wasn't a fluke.
Feb 26 - 12:26 AM

Gorgui Dieng came off the bench for six points, seven rebounds, a steal and zero blocks in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

Kevin Garnett started after Adriean Payne got the call in the last game, while Nikola Pekovic continues to play as many minutes as he can handle until his feet fall off. And all it really means is that the Wolves still won't sniff the playoffs, and Dieng won't be nearly as fun to own as he should be. Dieng is still worth owning, of course, but is far less reliable than he should be at this point in his career.
Feb 26 - 12:22 AM

Adreian Payne went back to the bench on Wednesday and had four points, seven rebounds and five turnovers in 17 minutes.

He double-doubled in Saturday's start, but gave way to Kevin Garnett tonight. If you took a flier on Payne Saturday night, it's probably time to move on.
Feb 26 - 12:19 AM

Ricky Rubio hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

This line is precisely what Rubio does, and is basically what owners should expect to get when they plug him into a lineup. Solid assists and steals, serviceable rebounds, and poor shooting and scoring.
Feb 26 - 12:18 AM

Kevin Martin kept it rolling on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points and two steals in an easy win over the Wizards.

He's on fire and has scored 21 or more points in six straight games. If you stuck with him through the wrist debacle, he's paying off down the stretch.
Feb 26 - 12:15 AM

Just like the old days, Kevin Garnett started at power forward for Minnesota on Wednesday, but had just five points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

He did add two assists, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-7 shooting, but the only thing the likes of KG, Adreian Payne and Nikola Pekovic seem to be doing is ruining the fantasy value of Gorgui Dieng. Then again, the Wolves blew out the Wizards, so maybe Flip Saunders knows something we don't.
Feb 26 - 12:13 AM

Gary Neal (ankle) will be available to play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He was listed as doubtful and it's still unclear if he'll play. He is one of just a few wings on the bench for the Wolves, so the team might need him. Neal is still nowhere near being worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 25 - 7:06 PM

Gary Neal (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

Neal only managed to get in the game for 11 minutes during his Timberwolves debut, so his absence from the lineup doesn't have any real fantasy implications. He's stuck in a backup role in Minnesota, and he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues as long as Kevin Martin is healthy.
Feb 24 - 6:20 PM

Kevin Garnett will replace Adreian Payne in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

Garnett isn't really capable of playing much more than 20 minutes a game, and with season averages of 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues despite the starter tag. He's going to cut into the minutes of Payne and Gorgui Dieng, but Dieng should be able to sustain his value regardless of how he enters the game.
Feb 24 - 4:40 PM

Andrew Wiggins was tremendous against the Rockets during a 113-102 loss on Monday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

He set the NBA record for most points scored on a player's 20th birthday, breaking Michael Beasley's previous record of 23. Wiggins is coming out of his slump, averaging 17.8 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.7 turnovers on 50.6 percent from the field in his last six. He seems like a lock for Rookie of the Year and is a must-start player again.
Feb 23 - 11:21 PM

Ricky Rubio played 39 minutes against the Rockets on Monday with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

He made just 2-of-9 from the field and made all 10 from the line. Rubio has been flirting with triple-doubles in each of his last two games and he's obviously had his minutes restriction dropped. He won't shoot the ball well, but all the other stats should be there.
Feb 23 - 11:15 PM

Chase Budinger was back in the rotation on Monday with 12 minutes of action, scoring one point with two rebounds.

He only received playing time out of necessity because the Wolves don't really have another small forward behind Andrew Wiggins. Budinger can be kept on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:10 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Rockets with seven points, 14 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

He is probably going to stick in a bench role because the Wolves are extremely shorthanded. Only eight players logged more than five minutes tonight, so there will be plenty of chances for Dieng. Now that coach Flip Saunders is playing him next to Nikola Pekovic, Dieng is a must-start player. Pek had 16 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Feb 23 - 11:08 PM

Adreian Payne double-doubled in his the first start of his career, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

He made 4-of-15 from the field, which has been a problem in his career. Payne has the potential to put up stats because he can block shots and he also takes treys, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues with Anthony Bennett (leg) out for two weeks.
Feb 23 - 11:06 PM

Adreian Payne is expected to start against the Rockets on Monday.

He will start with Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins and Nikola Pekovic. The Wolves have very little depth, so they need to put Gorgui Dieng in the second unit. Dieng is still very likely to have a productive game and his owners shouldn't panic. Payne does have some potential, but he hasn't shot the ball well since becoming a pro. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 23 - 7:44 PM

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