Player News - Timberwolves

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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

Jimmy Butler hit 6-of-12 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 21 points, four rebounds, a season-high 10 assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes of Monday's 109-98 win over the Jazz.

After a very slow start to the season Butler has righted the ship in his last two, scoring 25 on Saturday. Oddly enough, he didn't hit a 3-pointer tonight after hitting one in three straight coming in. If you're interested in moving Butler, his value is bouncing back and you might be able to get fair value in return for him, which probably wasn't the case two games ago.
Nov 13 - 11:55 PM

Jeff Teague hit 7-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in Monday's win over the Jazz.

Ricky Rubio was terrible tonight and Teague owned him on both ends of the floor. He had just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting on Saturday, but looked much better tonight.
Nov 13 - 11:52 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns hit 10-of-15 shots and a career-high four 3-pointers for 24 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Monday's win over the Jazz.

He had a nice matchup against Derrick Favors and took advantage of it. KAT's not putting up jaw-dropping numbers like DeMarcus Cousins, but he's a Top 10 player and the best is yet to come. He played a whopping 41 minutes tonight with Gorgui Dieng (finger) in street clothes again.
Nov 13 - 11:50 PM

Taj Gibson hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 39 minutes on Monday.

He had a dream matchup against Jonas Jerebko and came through with a nice line. But double-doubles and lines like this one aren't foreign to Gibson, as he's had a double-double in three of his last five games, and hit double digits in rebounds in four of his last five. Gorgui Dieng (finger) was out again, which worked in Gibson's favor for the second straight game.
Nov 13 - 11:48 PM

Cole Aldrich will be available as an 'emergency' center on Monday night with Gorgui Dieng out again with a finger injury.

With Karl-Anthony Towns handling most of the center minutes this evening, we certainly hope there isn't an emergency that would force Aldrich into action. Aldrich is dealing with a sprained ankle and has played a grand total of 10 minutes this season.
Nov 13 - 9:11 PM


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