Player News - Timberwolves

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Ricky Rubio hit just 4-of-12 shots, but also knocked down 13-of-13 free throws on his way to 21 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 115-114 win over the Pacers.

He also hit the game-winning free throws late, which should give him a boost of confidence as well. Rubio was struggling pretty badly earlier in the season, but has turned it around to become a force down the stretch. If you bought low or held onto him through the dark period, it's paying off right now. He's averaging 15 points, 10.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting over his last five games, but also hasn't missed a free throw in his last eight games (38-of-38).
Mar 28 - 10:48 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns went off for 37 points, 12 rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on 12-of-22 shooting in 41 minutes of Tuesday's 115-114 win over the Pacers.

Towns scored just 16 points in his previous game, but is still averaging 27.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. The only remaining question is just how high will he go in next year's drafts? The answer is, pretty dang high.
Mar 28 - 10:43 PM

Gorgui Dieng hit 8-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, six rebounds, a steal and two blocks in a team-high 44 minutes on Tuesday.

This was one of Dieng's better lines of the season and he's scored in double figures in three straight games. His minutes are up and he's shooting it well right now, so if he was dropped in your league, he's certainly worth a look if you have a hole at power forward. Over his last three games, Dieng is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.3 blocks while playing 39 minutes per game.
Mar 28 - 10:41 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points with five rebounds and one block in 31 minutes during a 112-100 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

It's been a long, long time since KAT had a dud like this one. In fact, the 21 combined points and boards are his lowest since Nov. 23 against the Pelicans. Over his previous games since the break, Towns averaged 28.1 points, 13.9 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 treys. Even with the Wolves basically out of the playoffs, KAT is headed for a monster finish.
Mar 26 - 1:06 AM

Ricky Rubio scored 16 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

This loss puts the Wolves down six games from the No. 8 spot with only 10 games to go, so they're basically dead in the water. We'll see how coach Tom Thibodeau plays this one with Rubio, but it's obvious more minutes are going to Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn. To be clear, the low minutes today had to do with garbage time. With only three games this week, Rubio's fantasy owners may have to weigh their options.
Mar 26 - 12:57 AM

Tyus Jones scored one point with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

The Wolves are making a change to their rotation with Kris Dunn as more of a wing and Jones locking down the backup PG minutes. Jones has also played 18 minutes next to Ricky Rubio in the last two, so he's filling in there. Jones isn't really a pickup unless you're desperate now or want to stash him for the five-game week starting on Apr. 3.
Mar 26 - 12:52 AM

Kris Dunn scored a career-high 17 points against the Blazers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

It's looking like Kris Dunn shooting guard time. In the last two games, Dunn has played a combined 31 minutes next to Ricky Rubio and 37 minutes next to Tyus Jones -- the Dunn-Rubio lineups have been torched. Now that the Wolves are basically out of it, Dunn looks like he'll be contributing on a nightly basis. If you need a point guard, he's worth a look. He could be a sneaky player to have in the last full week of the season with five games, but only has three next week.
Mar 26 - 12:49 AM

Shabazz Muhammad failed to score in 12 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday, missing all three of his shots from the field with nothing else.

If he's not scoring, he's not helping you. Muhammad was hot in his previous four with 18.5 points per game in that span, but his floor is way too low when his shot isn't falling. It also didn't help that the Wolves used more two-PG lineups. He's strictly a scoring specialist in deeper formats.
Mar 25 - 2:14 AM

Kris Dunn scored 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday.

There's a lot to be excited about with this line, but the biggest takeaway is that he logged 25 minutes next to Ricky Rubio. He finished 5-of-12 from the field and his path to minutes will be wider if the Wolves keep using more two-PG lineups, so he's someone to keep an eye on in the final few weeks of the season. Let's see if he can keep it going on Saturday vs. the Blazers.
Mar 25 - 2:10 AM

Ricky Rubio scored 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting with 15 assists, three rebounds, three steals, one block and one triple in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

This was the fifth straight loss for the Wolves and they now trail the No. 8 seed (Denver) by 6.5 games. However, Rubio's owners may not have to worry about DNPs or a potential shut-down just yet -- the Wolves used more two-PG lineups tonight and Rubio logged 25 minutes next to Kris Dunn. Even though Dunn's workload should rise, he will likely take minutes away from Brandon Rush and not Rubio if tonight was any indication.
Mar 25 - 1:59 AM

Andrew Wiggins' 36 points weren't enough in a 130-117 overtime loss to the Lakers on Friday.

He did all he could, shooting 14-of-28 from the field with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes. This was his 11th game of the season with 30+ points, and if his owners can sneak by next week with three games, they get to look forward to the Wolves having five games from Apr. 3 to Apr. 9.
Mar 25 - 1:49 AM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 18 points with four rebounds, one steal and two triples vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

He finished 8-of-15 from the field in 24 minutes, and his workload was safe despite the arrival of Omri Casspi. Muhammad is rolling with 18.5 points per game over his last four outings, but he offers very little to fantasy owners other than scoring. He's a low-end pickup with two games remaining for the Wolves this week.
Mar 22 - 2:37 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting (8-of-9 FTs) in a loss to the Spurs on Tuesday, adding 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple.

The Wolves looked like they had this game won until a third-quarter meltdown. The loss means that the Wolves are now 5.0 games behind the No. 8 seed (Denver) in the West, but Towns is averaging the most minutes per game in the NBA since the break and his owners probably don't need to worry about him being shut down -- he's yet to miss a game during his NBA career. His value should be safe and he's a top-3 fantasy option every time he takes the floor.
Mar 22 - 1:01 AM

Gorgui Dieng finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one triple before fouling out in 33 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

He dropped a perfect pass from Ricky Rubio in the final minute and also committed a costly offensive foul in the seven-point loss. Dieng hit 4-of-6 from the field, but couldn't add any steals or blocks. His minutes are much safer with Nemanja Bjelica (foot) out of the picture and he had a decent game on Sunday with nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes, so his owners should stick with him for the final 12 games of the season.
Mar 22 - 12:52 AM

Omri Casspi played 22 minutes in his Wolves debut vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, finishing with five points (2-of-2 FGs), one rebound and one triple.

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau was talking him up before the game and said he likes his floor spacing, so maybe he can earn a larger role going forward. For now, Casspi is just someone to keep an eye on in deeper formats.
Mar 22 - 12:44 AM


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