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Jeff Teague (dislocated finger) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's Game 5 in Houston.

Teague hurt his finger during Monday's Game 4 loss, but he was available to return, and there was never much doubt about his availability for tomorrow's game. We'll have official confirmation on his status closer to Wednesday's tip.
Apr 24 - 6:10 PM

Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) is questionable to play in Game 5 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Jones sat out Monday's Game 4 loss, and it was Derrick Rose who was the primary beneficiary, logging 32 minutes off the bench. If he's again forced to the sidelines on Wednesday, it'll be Rose, Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford divvying up his minutes. Check back for another update following tomorrow's shootaround.
Apr 24 - 6:07 PM

Derrick Rose came through with 17 points, six boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench in Monday's Game 4 loss.

Jeff Teague was dealing with a jammed finger, but was able to return, and the Rockets put the game away with a 50-point third quarter, so Rose got some extra run tonight. He's actually been playing well for the Wolves, scoring 16 points or more in three of his four playoff games, but it would appear that the Wolves' season is winding down quickly now that they're down 3-1 in the series. If you want to play Rose as a punt play on Wednesday, it makes sense.
Apr 23 - 10:40 PM

Jeff Teague hit just 1-of-7 shots or two points, one rebound, five assists and nothing else in Monday's 119-100 loss to the Rockets.

He suffered a jammed finger during the game and while he was able to return, he wasn't really needed after the Rockets outscored the Rockets 50-20 in the third quarter. Teague might be a little iffy for Wednesday's Game 5, but our guess is he'll be in the starting lineup. Just be prepared to make sure he's good to go if you plan on using him. Teague was a massive fantasy disappointment tonight after going for 23 points, eight assists and three 3-pointers in Game 3.
Apr 23 - 10:35 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns hit 9-of-15 shots for 22 points and 15 rebounds in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, putting the Wolves down 3-1 in their best-of-seven series.

KAT hasn't been spectacular in this series, but at least came through with some points and boards tonight. He didn't have a steal, block or a 3-pointer tonight and the Wolves got blown out by a score of 50-20 in the third quarter, but this was a much better showing for Towns than Games 1 and 2, when he scored a grand total of 13 points. It appeared the Wolves had a chance to even the series up at 2-2, but all of those hopes and dreams died in the third quarter. Game 5 is Wednesday at Houston.
Apr 23 - 10:27 PM

According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Tyus Jones (knee) is unavailable for Game 4 on Monday.

This was reported halfway through the second quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau isn't exactly known for his transparency with injuries. Jones had some swelling in his knee and tried to warm up, but it was too stiff. We'll consider him day-to-day for now, but this locks in Derrick Rose as Jeff Teague's backup.
Apr 23 - 8:51 PM

Jeff Teague (jammed finger) will return to Game 4 on Monday.

He went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but returned with his right pinky finger taped up. Teague should be good to go the rest of the evening.
Source: Wolves PR
Apr 23 - 8:40 PM

Jeff Teague left Monday's Game 4 with an apparent hand injury and went back to the locker room.

He was holding his right hand in a lot of pain and briefly chatted with the team trainer before heading to the back. We'll have an update shortly, but we could see a lot of Derrick Rose if Teague's injury keeps him out.
Apr 23 - 8:33 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points during a 121-105 Game 3 win over the Rockets on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

The Wolves are alive as they earn their first home playoff win since 2004. As for Butler, he did tweak his left ankle in the second quarter as he landed on someone's foot going for a rebound. Butler stayed in the game, but he did look a step slow to start the third quarter before really heating up later. Butler has described himself as one of the toughest in the NBA, so it would be a shock to see him have limitations on Monday. We have a series.
Apr 21 - 10:27 PM

Derrick Rose scored 17 points with two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Saturday.

He hit a dagger 3-pointer in the corner and now has a 3-pointer in each of his three playoff games after he only made one with the Wolves during the regular season. Rose has taken a lot of heat this year and justifiably so, but maybe coach Tom Thibodeau can bring some of the magic back. He's attempted 14-plus field goals in two of the last three, so he's a viable DFS punt.
Apr 21 - 10:17 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday during a Game 3 win.

This was not the regular-season Wiggins, especially going 4-of-6 from deep. Plus, his five dimes match his best output in that category all season while he was effective on defense. If the Wolves can somehow get this output from Wiggins in this series, the Rockets may have a tougher time closing out than almost anyone thought.
Apr 21 - 10:14 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

His first shot attempt didn't come until 10:46 left in the second quarter, but he got it going in the second half. The Rockets have made it clear they don't want KAT to beat them after he averaged just 6.5 points in the first two games, but so many players getting it going for the Wolves made it tougher to key in on Towns. Maybe he'll get off to a better start in Game 4 on Monday for his first monster playoff line.
Apr 21 - 10:09 PM

Jimmy Butler, who returned from knee surgery earlier this month, is also dealing with a sore right wrist.

Butler hasn't performed up to expectations over the first two games of the series. He is averaging 12.0 points (on 41.5 percent shooting), 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.6 minutes. However, he refuses to discuss his injuries. "Nobody really cares if you're nicked up. If you put on that jersey and go out there and play, you've got to produce," said Butler. "You've got to do what they got you here to do. So 40, 50, 95, 100 [percent], I'm out there playing. Nobody cares if I'm nicked up or not."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 1:09 PM

Wolves rookie Justin Patton had left foot surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured metatarsal.

Patton appeared in just one game for the Wolves this season due to his foot injury, and the most recent surgery was intended "to encourage further healing." He is out indefinitely and the team is reportedly "hopeful" he'll be ready for training camp, so it seems unlikely we'll see him at Summer League.
Apr 19 - 1:34 AM

Andrew Wiggins had 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes on Wednesday, but the Wolves fell on the road vs. the Rockets.

Wiggins' line wasn't great but it was better than most of his teammates. Jimmy Butler had 11 points, four boards and two assists in 25 minutes, Jeff Teague had eight points in 19 minutes, and Karl-Anthony Towns was quiet again with five points in 24 minutes. Minnesota shot 39.2% as a team and they face a daunting task down 2-0 vs. the top-seeded team in the West.
Apr 19 - 12:12 AM


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