Player News - Timberwolves

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Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

On top of all that, he also made all four of his free throws and didn't have a single turnover. After a slow start to the season, Butler has played like a premier NBA shooting guard and worked his way up to the No. 9 fantasy player according to Basketballmonster.com. Karl-Anthony Towns had a 15 & 12 double-double with three blocks, but the Wolves didn't get much out of Andrew Wiggins on a night Evan Fournier went crazy for the Magic.
Jan 16 - 9:49 PM

Jeff Teague hit 6-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

Teague was coming off a big game against Portland on Sunday when he had 22 points and eight assists, but returned to form tonight. Teague hasn't shot the ball particularly well since returning from his knee injury, but then again, he's only played in four games after missing seven straight with the injury. He should be nearing 100 percent health for the second half of the season.
Jan 16 - 9:44 PM

Taj Gibson hit 9-of-16 shots for 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

He probably would have done even more, but he ended up fouling out before it was over. The 18 points are the most he's scored in January, but he's been playing really well, scoring in double digits in five of his last six games while doing some nice rebounding. He's not a huge shot blocker, nor does he steal the ball a lot, but he does have five steals over his last two games. He's been worth a sixth-round pick this season and is putting the ball in the basket right now.
Jan 16 - 9:38 PM

Nemanja Bjelica was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando after getting into an altercation with Arron Afflalo.

Both players received double technical fouls after jawing at one another earlier in the quarter. Then, a few minutes later, Afflalo threw a right-handed punch to Bjelica's face. Gorgui Dieng could see a few extra minutes in the second half of Tuesday's contest with Bjelica out of the game.
Jan 16 - 7:52 PM

Amile Jefferson has signed a two-way deal with the Timberwolves.

Jefferson spent some time with the Wolves at training camp, so he's familiar with the system, although he'll spend most of his time with Minnesota's G-League affiliate. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 15 - 2:13 PM

Jeff Teague lit up the Blazers on Sunday with 22 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, eight assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

Teague just missed his season-high of 23 points, which he set back on Oct. 30. The Wolves are now 4-0 when he scores at least 20 points, but the fact that it's only happened four times is indicative of his supporting role most nights. The best news for fantasy owners is that his knee injury hasn't limited him, and he's again producing mid-round value on a nightly basis.
Jan 15 - 12:19 AM

Nemanja Bjelica had another productive game on Sunday, coming off the bench with five points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist in 19 minutes.

Tom Thibodeau had nothing but praise for Bjelica after Friday's game, when he scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. "When [Bjelica] plays the small forward position, it makes us real long," he said. "The 3-point shooting is obviously something we need and it opens up the floor. He complements all of our players well, the starters and the bench guys." Thibs' high praise aside, Bjelica isn't a standard-league asset while the Wolves' frontcourt is healthy.
Jan 15 - 12:19 AM

The Wolves closed out a perfect 5-0 homestand on Sunday, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 20 points (6-of-7 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

KAT has racked up nine consecutive double-doubles, and only DeMarcus Cousins has more games with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. The Wolves are surging with 10 wins in their past 14 games, and they're within one game of the Spurs for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy Towns' production the rest of the way -- as Tom Thibodeau said this weekend, "What’s encouraging is the way KAT is seeing the game right now."
Jan 15 - 12:18 AM

Jeff Teague scored 12 points with eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, one triple and three turnovers in 33 minutes vs. the Knicks on Friday.

It was a step in the right direction after he looked rusty in his return on Wednesday with just eight points over 26 minutes. He was 3-of-11 from the field tonight, but playing 33 minutes in just his second back is a really good sign. It won't be long before he's churning out top-75 value again and that's being conservative. He gets a matchup with the Blazers on Sunday.
Jan 13 - 12:19 AM

Jimmy Butler cooled off on Friday vs. the Knicks, hitting 6-of-12 shots for 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and one triple in 34 minutes.

He's been remarkably consistent and this was just his fourth game under 20 points since the beginning of December. The Wolves have been on another level defensively and held each of their last seven opponents below 100 points before tonight. "Now we're taking pride in our defense," Butler said. "We're taking it personal with matchups. I like to see that." The Wolves are 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season and the strong play of Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler is the reason why.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 12 - 11:43 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two triples in 40 minutes in a 118-108 win over the Knicks on Friday.

He was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, becoming just the third player this season (Russell Westbrook, LeBron James) to record 23+ points, 15+ rebounds and 9+ assists. This was the third game of his career with nine or more assists and he now has a double-double in eight straight. He's been a monster lately and it's no coincidence that the Wolves have won each of their last four games by 10+ points, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Jan 12 - 11:36 PM

Tyus Jones returned to the bench for Wednesday's win against Oklahoma City, posting just three points in 19 minutes.

Jeff Teague (knee) was back and able to start, so Jones hit the pine. He struggled with his shot, going just 1-of-6 while chipping in with just one assist, one rebound and one steal. There won't be any back-to-back situations until Jan. 24 to give Jones any potential starts, so it appears he is back to having minimal fantasy appeal.
Jan 11 - 12:42 AM

Jimmy Butler went for 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 104-88 win against the Thunder.

Butler was a solid 7-of-13 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. He joined Kevin Garnett as the only player in Timberwolves history to record at least 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a blocked shot in a single game. He is averaging 22.7 points, 8.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game over his past three outings, as he is putting up top-10 fantasy numbers in 9-category formats.
Jan 11 - 12:30 AM

Jeff Teague (knee) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Thunder and he finished with just eight points over 26 minutes.

Teague's minutes were rather limited because of the lopsided nature of the score in the second half, not by any kind of a setback. He also chipped in with a 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Despite the shaky outing it appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all seasonal leagues. DFS players might want to see him do a little more before trusting him again, however.
Jan 11 - 12:25 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns went for 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists over 30 minutes in Wednesday's 104-88 win against the Thunder.

The Timberwolves cruised to their third consecutive easy win, as all three victories have come by at least 16 points. Despite the lopsided scores on the board in the second half, KAT has logged at least 30 minutes in each outing thanks to head coach Tom Thibodeau. Fantasy owners love Thibodeau, as most others NBA head coaches would have their players resting for longer stretches while limiting their fantasy production.
Jan 11 - 12:22 AM


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