Player News - Timberwolves

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Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points in a huge comeback 125-120 overtime win in Charlotte on Saturday, adding 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers.

That's his seventh 25-15 game of his career and the Wolves needed it, especially with Towns pulling down a big-time offensive board for a put-back in overtime. Towns was finally able to clear the 10.0 boards per game plateau on the season with this game while he's added 2.7 blocks over his last three. The consistent monster lines are coming.
Dec 3 - 10:54 PM

Andrew Wiggins picked up a season-high three steals in a win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding 29 points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers.

Yeah, the points are nice, but how about those steals? Before tonight, Wiggins managed just nine steals in his 692 minutes this season. He still hasn't blocked a shot since Nov. 19, but we'll take the steals. Hopefully he can add a little more across-the-board value to boost him in standard leagues.
Dec 3 - 10:43 PM

Cole Aldrich scored four points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to like using Aldrich next to Karl-Anthony Towns, which could get interesting for fantasy. Aldrich is fantastic on per-minute output, so he may have some value in deeper leagues with a consistent 20-minute role. To be clear, this is only two games with this new role and he played just 10 minutes combined in the previous two before Friday, so he's more of a speculative add in deeper formats.
Dec 3 - 10:36 PM

Shabazz Muhummad scored 12 points with six rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 25 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

He's starting to pick it up with double-digit points in three of his last four. Muhammad still only has a grand total of seven assists, one block and four steals in his 275 minutes this season. He's only good for points.
Dec 3 - 10:32 PM

Kris Dunn played well in his 16 minutes on Saturday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He may have played his best half of his career to help the Wolves earn the comeback win. Still, coach Tom Thibodeau went with Ricky Rubio down the stretch. Dunn is still not close to having solid value right now, but maybe this can help his stash appeal.
Dec 3 - 10:28 PM

Ricky Rubio played 37 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with nine points, seven boards, 12 assists, one steal, one block, two turnovers and one 3-pointer.

This was a huge game for him. Kris Dunn was playing very well in the second half with the Wolves making a comeback. Coach Tom Thibodeau still went with Rubio down the stretch and it paid off to get their third win in thrilling fashion. Hopefully this game can get him going. If for some reason he was cut in a shallow league, go get him.
Dec 3 - 10:26 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored seven points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

He hit a clutch three in this game and the Wolves were much better on interior defense. Dieng had some foul trouble on Friday and he did have some trouble on perimeter defense. All that said, his minutes are fine as a mid-round player in standard leagues.
Dec 3 - 10:23 PM

Tyus Jones picked up his second consecutive DNP-CD on Saturday.

As the great Vin Scully would say, that'll be that. Jones looks like he's out of the rotation, especially with how well Kris Dunn played today.
Dec 3 - 10:13 PM

Brandon Rush is inactive for Saturday against the Hornets.

The Wolves not using Rush is part of the reason Zach LaVine has played 42.0 minutes per game in his last three.
Dec 3 - 6:17 PM

Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

Rush has been sidelined for the past two contests with a sprained right big toe. He's averaging just 1.6 points this season and hasn't played more than eight minutes in a game since November 5th. He holds no fantasy value and can be left on waivers.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 3 - 10:12 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points during a 118-114 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

The Knicks were very good against Towns and doubled him very nicely, especially in the first. Towns dropped 22 in the first on Wednesday and went scoreless in the first tonight. After Towns wasn't getting the ball enough, he may have to look for his teammates more, and on the other side of the ball their defense has been a disaster. Whatever happens with Towns, he's obviously going to get plenty of minutes and will be better than his disappointing second-round value in standard leagues so far.
Dec 2 - 11:53 PM

Zach LaVine scored 23 points in 40 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He is playing a ridiculous amount of minutes with 42.0 per game over his last three with none of those games going to overtime. His crazy playing time lately has bumped him into the top five in the NBA with 36.8 per game. He may not play 42 minutes every night, but LaVine looks like he's maintain his value as a top-50 player to date.
Dec 2 - 11:48 PM

Cole Aldrich posted season-highs 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks and 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two assists and two steals.

After getting just 10 minutes combined in his previous two, coach Tom Thibodeau mixed it up with Gorgui Dieng in foul trouble. Thibs seems to be open to anything to help stop this free fall, so maybe he plays Aldrich more. For now, it's tough to say he'll get run, but just keep an eye on him for his upside.
Dec 2 - 11:42 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

He got a little bump in playing time because the Wolves were trailing and Gorgui Dieng was in foul trouble. Bjelica wasn't playing well coming into this game, so we'll have to see it again before moving the needle on him. Although, the Wolves losing so many games could help him get minutes.
Dec 2 - 11:39 PM

Tyus Jones was a DNP-CD against the Knicks on Friday.

Something had to change to possibly get the Wolves going, but this didn't work. With the Wolves playing on Saturday, we may see Jones get all the backup PG minutes and Kris Dunn loss playing time. Dunn scored six points with five assists and one steal in 18 minutes.
Dec 2 - 11:35 PM


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