Minnesota Timberwolves Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Jamal Crawford scored 10 points Wednesday on 3-of-5 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Crawford pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +5 in his 24:05 of playing time. He added one block.
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News: Taj Gibson scored six points Wednesday, going 3 of 11 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Gibson pulled down four rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -17 in his 27:09 of playing time. He added one steal.
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News: Jeff Teague scored 11 points Wednesday, going 3 of 6 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Teague pulled down two rebounds and had six assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -17 in his 24:54 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Teague went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
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News: Jimmy Butler scored 12 points Wednesday on 5-of-12 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Butler grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -19 in his 35:26 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Butler went 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
Impact: This wasn't exactly the debut that Butler wanted with the Wolves, but it'll take some time before he and his teammates are totally on the same page.
News: Nemanja Bjelica scored nine points Wednesday on 3-of-8 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Bjelica pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +15 in his 12:46 of playing time. Bjelica went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
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News: Gorgui Dieng scored two points Wednesday on 1-of-5 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Dieng grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -8 in his 13:30 of playing time. He tacked on one steal.
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News: Shabazz Muhammad scored two points Wednesday on 1-of-6 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Muhammad pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +11 in his 14:09 of playing time. He added one block.
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News: Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points Wednesday on 9-of-14 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Wiggins grabbed five rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -19 in his 30:25 on the floor. Wiggins went 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
Impact: Wiggins only made 4 of 9 free throws, but that accuracy beyond the arc is the most encouraging part for Wolves fans. He shot just 32.9 percent from 3 in his first three seasons.
News: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points Wednesday, going 8 of 15 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Towns grabbed 13 rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 34:30 of playing time. He added one block and two steals.
Impact: Towns didn't show off his improved range in this game, but all you need to see his impact is this: Every other Wolves starter was at least a minus-17.
News: Tyus Jones scored three points Wednesday, going 1 of 3 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 107-99. Jones pulled down two rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 23:06 of playing time. He added one steal.
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News: Butler posted 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Butler has made the move to the Timberwolves from the Bulls, where his playoff aspirations may improve, but his opportunities to produce may very well decline with better playmakers around him. That fact was evident on Wednesday night as Butler found himself in a situation he isn't used to - as a team's primary offensive threat. It's also a brand new environment for the Wolves, who also added Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson to round out their starting lineup alongside Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Now that the regular season is underway and the first unit is on the floor, there will likely be a short period of adjustment as coach Tom Thibodeau finds ways to best utilize Butler moving forward. While his stat lines may be a bit lighter at present, the team upgrade gives him some upside.
News: Aldrich did not play in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio due to a coach's decision.
Impact: Aldrich doesn't have a role in the rotation and will likely be stuck on the bench most nights barring injuries. He's a candidate to be traded during the season since he'll be in the final year of a three-year deal next season and his expiring contract may have value.
News: Brooks did not play in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio due to a coach's decision.
Impact: Brooks lost out on a preseason battle to Tyus Jones for the backup point guard role. It looks like he'll rarely get off the bench barring injuries.
News: Muhammad scored two points with two rebounds in 14 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Muhammad had a lackluster performance off the bench as he shot just 1-of-6 from the field. He may struggle to find minutes off the bench with Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler likely taking up huge workloads on the wing and Jamal Crawford likely set to get significant minutes as a reserve.
News: Bjelica scored nine points with three rebounds and was 1-of-2 from three-point range over 13 minutes in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio.
Impact: Bjelica provided a spark on offense off the bench and looks to have a significant role with the second unit. He'll likely need to be proficient with his three-point shot to increase his minutes.
News: Towns posted18 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and a blocked shot across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Spurs
Impact: Towns is one of the most notable under-the-radar centers in the league, and at only 21 years old he's looking to build on two excellent campaigns in Minneapolis. Though the Wolves recorded their first loss, they've revamped their team to include playmaker Jimmy Butler along with vets Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson to give Towns more support. He ended last season with a streak of five straight double-doubles, and he could easily get another streak going with this new-look offense. From a DFS perspective Towns usually comes as a significant bargain because amazingly enough, he's not all that well-known if you don't follow the NBA, even though he regularly outpaces most centers in the league. Wise up and include him in your plans, as he's only going to improve with age.
News: Wiggins posted 26 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-9 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Who are the Timberwolves? Wiggins must be wondering, as he finds himself with Karl-Anthony Towns and three new faces starting alongside him. Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson have joined up, making Wiggins and Towns the de facto leaders of the team. Wiggins just signed a whopping $148 million five-year extension, so the onus is on the fourth-year vet to lead the team offensively. He's seen a gradual uptick in production since beginning his career in Minneapolis, starting in 2014 with 16.3 points per game to a career-high of 23.6 points per game in 2016. Though he's not often mentioned in any short list of NBA elite players, it's hard to find a more consistent fantasy producer. In his final 17 games last year he never scored under 15 points and averaged 25,6 points per game, and that's an excellent indication that he'll outdo his career totals yet again.