Player News - Timberwolves

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Gorgui Dieng played 33 minutes off the bench on Wednesday during a 100-85 loss to the Nuggets, scoring eight points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

Nikola Pekovic returned and was on a minutes limit, which should continue because his ankles can't sustain 30 minutes per game. Dieng is worth owning in all leagues and holds top-30 upside if Pek needs to miss time.
Mar 5 - 12:10 AM

Kevin Martin had a rough night in his return to the lineup on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer on 3-of-15 from the field.

He had an airball in this game and it's fair to say he didn't have his legs under him tonight. Martin did play well in February, averaging 21.3 points, 4.3 boards 1.2 steals and 1.9 treys on 46.2 percent from the field. He is basically a must-start player while he's healthy.
Mar 5 - 12:03 AM

Nikola Pekovic played 15 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six points, five boards and two steals.

He is likely going to have a minutes cap for a few games, but you never know because they Wolves have gone against conventional wisdom and played him big minutes before. Pekovic is not necessarily a must-own player due to the injury risk and the possibility of a minutes restriction. He only played in five-minute stints tonight.
Mar 4 - 11:47 PM

Kevin Garnett said the Nuggets "quit" on Brian Shaw following a loss on Wednesday.

"They quit on Brian Shaw, I thought they'd quit again," Garnett said. "A quitter is a quitter." Wow. KG certainly isn't the quiet type, but even this is bold for him. He finished with 11 points, six boards, two assists and one block in 21 minutes. He can be left on the wire in most leagues because he will sit several road games.
Mar 4 - 11:34 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will have a minutes limit against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Maybe the Wolves finally learned their lesson because Pek can't play over 30 minutes and stay healthy. He's still a risky player to own because the probability of him missing time is extremely high. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Robbie Hummel (hand) is "pretty much fully healed" from his hand injury, according to coach Flip Saunders.

The Wolves would likely get him in the rotation upon his return. Hummel is still likely going to return in a week or so and can remain on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 4 - 7:02 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will be available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

There is still no word on how many minutes he's going to play. The Wolves continue to play him big minutes and he keeps dealing with ankle discomfort. We're still not sure how many times they're going to touch the proverbial hot stove with Pek, but he's still a very risky player to start or even own. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 4 - 6:48 PM

Kevin Martin (illness) will play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Martin is reportedly feeling a lot better after sitting out vs. the Clippers on Monday, and his owners can safely plug him back into all lineups. Gary Neal, who started Monday's game against the Clippers, will shift back to the bench and can be dropped across the board.
Mar 4 - 12:34 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will try to give it a go against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

While he did say that ankle has progressed, Pekovic will test out his ankle prior to the game before making a final decision regarding his status. If Pekovic is unable to go tonight, Gorgui Dieng becomes locked in as a must-start option in all leagues, while rookie Adreian Payne will see an uptick in minutes as well. Given the uncertainty, owners in daily leagues would be wise to avoid Pekovic tonight.
Mar 4 - 12:32 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Pekovic said he wants to give it a go on Wednesday, so we'll have to await word after shootaround to see if he'll get his wish. If Pek is unable to suit up against the Nuggets, Gorgui Dieng becomes a must-start player in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 3 - 1:55 PM

Ricky Rubio nabbed his fourth career triple-double in the Wolves' 110-105 loss to the Clippers on Monday, scoring 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 12 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal.

Rubio hit 1-of-4 treys and 7-of-9 free throws and he has returned top 20-40 value over the past month (8/9 cat).
Mar 2 - 11:59 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting (8-of-10 FTs) with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

This is an early taste of what his stat-set will look like whenever (if) Kevin Martin finally gives way. Increased touches help smooth out the rough edges whenever he misses out on a category, as he did with the field goal shooting and lack of a 3-pointer tonight.
Mar 2 - 11:57 PM

Gorgui Dieng started with Nikola Pekovic (ankles) out and double-doubled with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 39 minutes on Monday against the Clippers.

Owners can write these numbers in pen whenever Pekovic is not on the floor and even if Pek comes back and plays a bit, there should be no panic whatsoever about Dieng.
Mar 2 - 11:55 PM

Gary Neal started for Kevin Martin (illness) on Monday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting (including two threes) with a career-high nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

If Martin misses another game it wouldn't be surprising to see Neal step right back into Martin's uber-productive role. He won't be this good every night, but he's worth watching closely given Martin's injury risk.
Mar 2 - 11:53 PM

Zach LaVine scored 14 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-9 shots (including a three) with three rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.

LaVine got some extra minutes and touches with Kevin Martin out but he has to show us some real consistency before we're getting close to this ride.
Mar 2 - 11:51 PM


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