Player News - Timberwolves

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Jeff Teague played 40 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pistons, posting nine assists, four rebounds and one steal, but he shot just 1-of-7 from the field to finish with three points.

The playing time was a season-high because Jamal Crawford (migraines) didn't play after halftime. Teague is sitting on mid-round value through 15 games, and tonight's poor shooting can be shrugged off as a fluke -- it's particularly odd since opposing PGs have shot 45.6% vs. Detroit this season, the fourth-highest mark in the league. Expect better vs. Charlotte on Monday.
Nov 19 - 10:01 PM

Cole Aldrich (ankle) picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

The 29-year-old center was reportedly cleared to play on Wednesday but he's simply not a part of Tom Thibodeau's rotation. We're taking him off the injury report.
Nov 19 - 9:54 PM

Jimmy Butler lit up the Pistons on Sunday with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, five steals, four assists and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

Butler drew a critical foul on a 3-point shot with 6.2 seconds remaining, giving him a chance to tie the game, but the 90.5 percent FT shooter missed the third attempt. The Wolves' three-game win streak was snapped, but fantasy owners are still thrilled -- this was the second time all season that Butler has shot better than 50% from the field, and he's now scored 21+ points in four of his past five games. He's stealing the ball at a furious clip and it's safe to assume that the buy-low window has closed.
Nov 19 - 9:53 PM

Jamal Crawford (migraine) didn't play after halftime on Sunday, which leaves him questionable to face the Hornets on Monday.

Crawford finished with six points on 3-of-6 shooting and two turnovers in seven minutes. The Wolves lost a close game tonight, 100-97, so Crawford's absence was more than precautionary. If he can't go vs. Charlotte, expect Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler to log huge minutes, with Shabazz Muhammad and Tyus Jones potentially getting extra run.
Nov 19 - 9:52 PM

Andrew Wiggins got hot on Sunday, making 11-of-18 shots en route to 24 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.

Wiggins played a season-high 42 minutes the hot shooting was a welcome sight, since he was a combined 43.0 percent in his previous five games. The blocks were a season-high and his line would have been even better if he'd made any of his four 3-point attempts, but as long as he's playing huge minutes there are no grounds for complaint.
Nov 19 - 9:50 PM

Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and 10 assists across 32 minutes in Friday's road rout of the Mavericks.

Teague hit 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, posting his first double-double since Nov. 5, and his fifth overall on the season. He failed to post a steal for the third time in November after posting at least one theft in each of his seven games in October, but he continues to be a pretty solid value for those who took a chance on him in the middle rounds on draft day.
Nov 18 - 12:55 AM

Jimmy Butler finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals across 37 minutes in Friday's 111-87 rout of the Mavericks.

Butler hit 8-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, rebounding rather nicely after a brutal 2-of-13 shooting performance last time out against the Spurs. He has laid a few eggs in November, shooting just 37.5 percent (39-of-104) through eight games in the month after a more impressive 43.9 percent in October. Don't panic, however, as he is a nice buy-low fantasy player. Try and take advantage of another owner with an itchy trigger finger, as Butler will have top 35-40 value by season's end.
Nov 18 - 12:48 AM

Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Dieng isn't a lock to play as he might not be 100 percent yet. He's averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season, as the arrival of Taj Gibson has decimated his role in Minnesota.
Nov 17 - 7:16 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gorgui Dieng (finger) may play Friday vs. the Mavs, depending on how Dieng feels after warmups.

Dieng has missed three straight games due to the finger injury. Even when healthy, he is averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season. Playing behind Taj Gibson, Dieng has very limited fantasy value.
Nov 17 - 12:37 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns had a happy birthday during a 98-86 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, scoring 26 points with 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

Not a bad line for the 22-year-old big man for his 11th double-double on the season. Coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to show more confidence in KAT and it's showed up on the stat sheet. "He’s making more and more plays for us and that’s a good thing," Thibs said. Towns hasn't had many eye-popping games like Joel Embiid, for instance, but he's just humming along and should have no problem being an elite player at year's end.
Nov 16 - 12:59 AM

Jimmy Butler made 2-of-13 from the field for six points with five rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

Butler was getting hot because he was living at the line with 26 attempts over his previous two, but he didn't go to the line until the fourth quarter -- the Spurs were in the penalty and it was not even a shooting foul. Butler really needs to get to the line to help him avoid brutal lines like this one, and it did look like he was getting frustrated. He can continue to be viewed as a buy-low player, but he's more of a top 35-40 asset this season.
Nov 16 - 12:43 AM

Gorgui Dieng (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Spurs.

Cole Aldrich (ankle) is available to play, so coach Tom Thibodeau may not have to play Taj Gibson at the five if he doesn't want to. Dieng is not getting many minutes at the four and is backing up one of the most durable players in the NBA, so he's not a great player to own.
Nov 15 - 7:50 PM

Cole Aldrich (ankle) will be available to play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

Aldrich probably won't play much more than five minutes tonight, if that. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 15 - 7:50 PM

Cole Aldrich (ankle) is questionable to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

He was available as an emergency center on Monday, so chances are it's the same story. Gorgui Dieng is not expected to play, but coach Tom Thibodeau has played Taj Gibson at the five to help fill in the frontcourt rotation.
Nov 15 - 4:12 PM

Gorgui Dieng (finger) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

It looks like Wednesday will mark Dieng's third straight game on the sidelines, and with averages of just 6.9 points, 5.2 boards and not much else in 15.9 minutes per game this season, there's not much incentive for owners to hang onto him through this injury.
Nov 15 - 12:39 PM


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