Minnesota Timberwolves Player News: All Positions

News: Wiggins had 23 points (8-18 FG, 1-5 3PT, 6-7 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 37 minutes during Monday's 125-109 loss at Phoenix.
Impact: Wiggins continue to score at a decent rate and has settled as a top scoring option for the Timberwolves, but he has made just 40.0 percent of his field-goal attempts and 31.0 percent of his threes over his last five games. He will aim to shake off those shooting woes Wednesday at home against the Jazz.
News: Towns had 33 points (12-18 FG, 2-4 3PT, 7-9 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Monday's 125-109 loss at Phoenix.
Impact: Towns was dealing with a knee problem prior to this matchup, but he still produced one of his best scoring outputs of the season while also crashing the glass early and often. This was Towns' first double-double in his last four outings, but he continues to be a stellar player on both ends of the court. Over his last 10 outings, the skilled big man is averaging 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range.
News: Teague had 16 points (6-14 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-4 FT), four assists, three rebounds, two steals and three turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench during Monday's 125-109 loss at Phoenix.
Impact: Teague might have just one start over Minnesota's last seven games, but the veteran point guard showed his ankle problem is a thing of the past with another productive night. He has dished out at least six assists in nine of his 11 games since returning from a four-game absence, and he has also scored in double digits in four of his last five contests. He should remain a productive fantasy asset even if he is coming off the bench on a regular basis.
News: Napier (hamstring) has been cleared to play Monday against Phoenix.
Impact: Napier was listed as probable leading up to tip, and the team has now cleared him to take the court. He'll come off the bench behind Andrew Wiggins on Monday.
News: Teague (ankle) is available for Monday's game against Phoenix.
Impact: Teague will continue to play through a bit of ankle soreness, though it didn't appear to impact his play Sunday, scoring 12 points over 24 minutes of action.
News: Towns (knee) is starting Monday's game against the Suns, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Towns has been given the green light to take the court for Monday's tilt. He's been dealing with right knee tendinitis but has still averaged 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists over his last five matchups.
News: Wiggins (thumb) will start Monday's game against Phoenix, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Wiggins missed a game over the weekend due to a thumb injury, but he's set to draw his second consecutive start Monday night. He put up 19 points and dished out three dimes Sunday against the Lakers.
News: Napier (hamstring) is listed as probable for Monday's contest against the Suns.
Impact: After missing 12 straight games on account of the hamstring issue, Napier has returned to action in each of the Timberwolves' subsequent four contests. The reserve guard has seen his playing time pick up in each successive game and delivered one of his best performances of the season in Sunday's 142-125 loss to the Lakers, contributing 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, two rebounds and one steal. Expect Napier to shed the injury designation and play minutes in the low-to-mid teens Monday.
News: Towns (knee) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Suns.
Impact: Towns is dealing with right knee tendinopathy, though it doesn't sound like the issue will jeopardize his availability for the second half of Minnesota's back-to-back set. The big man played 36 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Lakers and finished with 19 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal. Look for his status to clear up closer to tip-off.
News: Teague (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against Phoenix.
Impact: Teague was deemed questionable heading into Sunday's matchup against the Lakers due to ankle soreness but winding up logging 24 minutes. Teague's injury designation for Monday's matchup is likely just a precaution taken by the Timberwolves. However, being that Monday's game is the second contest of a back-to-back, the team may elect to rest their veteran.
News: Wiggins (thumb) is questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.
Impact: Wiggins carried a similar tag into Sunday's game against the Lakers and wound up playing 29 minutes, finishing with 19 points, three assists and two rebounds. He'll likely go through pregame warmups before the Timberwolves confirm his availability for the second half of their back-to-back.
News: Layman (toe) will remain sidelined Monday against Phoenix.
Impact: Layman will miss a ninth straight contest as he continues to battle a left toe sprain. The 25-year-old has appeared in 14 games this season averaging 10.5 points and 2.9 rebounds.
News: Bates-Diop scored 11 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 142-125 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Bates-Diop has cracked Minnesota's rotation and he is making his presence felt, as the second-year player has scored 10 or more points in five of his last seven games. He will try to extend that decent run of form Monday at Phoenix.
News: Okogie had 18 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3PT, 7-7 FT), four rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes during Sunday's 142-125 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Okogie got his third start of the season and produced his best scoring output of the year thus far -- he has scored in double digits in two of his three starts to date. He will be a starter for the foreseeable future and that should increase his upside, as he now has played at least 25 minutes in each of his last three outings. Prior to his move to the starting unit, he had accomplished that feat just eight times in 17 previous contests.
News: Wiggins had 19 points (8-15 FG, 1-5 3PT, 2-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds and three turnovers in 29 minutes during Sunday's 142-125 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Wiggins was dealing with a thumb injury, but he managed to play and lead his team on points -- he has done it several times already this season as he has emerged as a bonafide top scoring option on nights where Karl-Anthony Towns is out of sync offensively. Wiggins has topped the 15-point mark in every single game this season, and he is currently averaging a career-high 24.6 points per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field -- the second-best mark of his career.
News: Towns had 19 points (7-16 FG, 1-7 3PT, 4-5 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's 142-125 loss at the Lakers.
Impact: Towns has always been a scoring and rebounding threat, but he has also showed great passing skills of late. He has dished out five or more assists in each of his last six games while scoring over 18 points in each of those games and grabbing double-digit boards thrice. Towns averages 7.0 dimes per game over that six-game span, and he will aim to continue that strong run of play Monday at Phoenix.
News: Teague (ankle) will be available Sunday against the Lakers.
Impact: Teague is dealing with a sore ankle that took the decision on his status down to game-time, but he'll be available off the bench Sunday, while the Wolves also get Andrew Wiggins back from injury. Teague played 40 minutes in Friday's loss to Oklahoma City, a game he finished with a season-high 32 points on 17 shots to go with nine assists.
News: Wiggins (thumb) will play in Sunday's game against the Lakers, Kyle Ratke of Timberwolves.com reports.
Impact: Wiggins missed Friday's game against Oklahoma City, but he'll return to action Sunday and be back in the starting five at his usual spot.
News: Napier (hamstring) will be available Sunday against the Lakers.
Impact: Napier was listed as probable but he'll be available Sunday for the fourth straight game after he missed a stretch of time with a hamstring injury.
News: Towns (knee) will be available Sunday against the Lakers.
Impact: Towns is dealing with a minor knee issue, but he was probable coming in so his availability was never in much question. The big man is coming off of a 30-point, eight-assist, five-rebound, two-block, two-steal effort in Friday's loss to OKC.
News: Reid (shoulder) doesn't appear on the Timberwolves' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: Reid was listed on the injury report ahead of both of the Timberwolves' past two games with right shoulder soreness, ultimately sitting out both contests. Though his absence from the report implies that he's ostensibly healthy, Reid isn't a member of coach Ryan Saunders' rotation and isn't a lock to see minutes Sunday. The undrafted rookie may have a better chance at making his NBA debut than usual, however, as three other Timberwolves (Jake Layman, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague) are listed as either out or questionable. Additionally, Minnesota is also down another three bodies in Kelan Martin, Jaylen Nowell and Jordan McLaughlin, who are all with the G League's Iowa Wolves.
News: Layman (toe) is out Sunday against the Lakers.
Impact: Layman will miss an eighth straight game as he continues to deal with a left toe sprain. His next opportunity to play arrives Monday against the Suns.
News: Wiggins (thumb) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Lakers.
Impact: Wiggins may be able to return following a one-game absence. More information on his availability may arrive following Sunday's morning shootaround.
News: Teague is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers due to left ankle soreness.
Impact: Teague played 40 minutes during Friday's loss to the Thunder, and he has emerged from the contest with a right ankle injury. If he's unable to play, Shabazz Napier (hamstring) could see extra minutes.
News: Towns (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: Towns is dealing with some right knee soreness but it's likely he'll play Sunday. Across the past five games, he's averaging 25.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.4 minutes.
News: Napier (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: Napier is dealing with some hamstring soreness but it's likely that he'll play. Over the past three games, he's averaging 6.3 points and 1.7 rebounds across 11.3 minutes.
News: Covington ended with 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes during Friday's 139-127 loss to Oklahoma City.
Impact: Covington failed to record a defensive stat Friday, however, he did manage to score in double-digits for the third straight game. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the fact he played a season-high 38 minutes. The lack of playing time has been a curious development for Covington and something that may be attributed to a lingering knee concern. Despite everything, Convington is still the 51st ranked player in nine-category leagues.
News: Towns tallied 30 points (11-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during Friday's 139-127 loss to Oklahoma City.
Impact: Towns incredible season continued Friday as he dropped another 30 points to go with eight assists and four defensive stats. The Timberwolves are running a lot of the offense through Towns, resulting in an increase to his assist numbers. There is no reason to think he can't get even better from here and he should flirt with top-three value for many seasons to come.
News: Bell had 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-6 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Friday's 139-127 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Bell had an impact during Friday's loss, playing a season-high 21 minutes. He gave the Timberwolves nice energy off the bench, although he did miss two crucial free-throws late in regulation which could have won the game. Bell is yet to carve out a meaningful role with his new team and perhaps this performance keeps him in the rotation moving forward.
News: Teague finished with 32 points (12-17 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Friday's 139-127 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Teague moved back into the starting lineup Friday, filling in for the injured Andrew Wiggins (thumb). The move appeared to sit well with Teague who went off for a season-high 32 points. He had been struggling since moving to the bench and although this move is only temporary, it may be enough to get him going. There is a chance he may have been dropped after his previous efforts and so picking him up makes a lot of sense.
News: Teague is starting Friday against the Thunder.
Impact: Teague will rejoin the starting five for Friday's matchup with Andrew Wiggins (thumb) out of commission. Teague is averaging 12.2 points, 9.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds over his last five starts.
News: Reid (shoulder) won't play Friday against the Thunder.
Impact: Reid hasn't made his season debut yet, due to both a shoulder injury and his place in the rotation. His next chance to return will come Sunday against the Lakers.
News: Towns (knee) is available for Friday's matchup with the Thunder.
Impact: No surprise here, as Towns was considered probable heading into the evening. He could be depended on more than usual on the offensive side of the ball, as Andrew Wiggins (thumb) has been ruled out. Barring any setbacks, look for the big man to take on his usual workload in the contest.
News: Napier (hamstring) will be available for Friday's game against Oklahoma City.
Impact: Napier has played in the last two contests following a 12-game absence, so his name on the injury report was likely just a precaution. He's averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 assists over eight games in 2019.
News: Wiggins (thumb) won't play Friday against the Thunder.
Impact: Wiggins was officially tagged as questionable due to a thumb sprain, and the team has since decided that he'll be held out. Keita Bates-Diop and Treveon Graham should benefit as a result, though it's unclear as to who will start in Wiggins' place.
News: Vonleh has not made an appearance since Nov. 23 against Phoenix.
Impact: The 23-year-old played in Minnesota's first 13 games of the 2019-20 season, averaging 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 13 minutes. He has played only one game since, which would suggest head coach Ryan Saunders seems to prefer other options right now. Big men Gorgui Dieng, Treveon Graham and Keita Bates-Diop have all seen stable double-digit minutes amidst Vonleh's exclusion from the team.
News: Wiggins (thumb) has been deemed questionable for Friday's matchup against the Thunder, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: A sprained left thumb is putting Wiggins' status in jeopardy. He'll be re-evaluated prior to tipoff to determine his availability. Over the past three games, he's averaged 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 blocks.
News: Towns (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Thunder, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Towns is dealing with some right knee soreness, but it doesn't seem to be anything that will keep him out Friday. Since November, he's averaged 25.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 blocks across 34.0 minutes.
News: Wiggins will have his left thumb reevaluated prior to Friday's game against the Thunder to determine his availability for the contest, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old suffered the left thumb sprain at some point this week and was listed as questionable on Thursday's injury report. Per Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wiggins was a limited participant at Friday's shootaround and had a wrap on his hand/thumb. Karl Anthony-Towns (knee) is also a game-time call, potentially leaving the Timberwolves without their top-two scorers.
News: Towns will have his right knee reevaluated prior to Friday's game at Oklahoma City to determine his availability for the contest, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old was considered probable with right knee tendinopathy on Thursday's injury report, but the team may end up taking a more cautious approach with their star big man. According to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Towns was a limited participant at Friday's shootaround. Andrew Wiggins (thumb) has a similar status Friday, which could leave Minnesota without its top-two contributors on the road.
News: Okogie is now seen as a part of Minnesota's regular starting lineup by the coaching staff, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Impact: Okogie started at shooting guard in Wednesday's game and it looks like he'll be a starter again Friday at Oklahoma City. The T-Wolves have moved Jeff Teague to the bench and are going with Jarrett Culver and Andrew Wiggins in the starting unit to join Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns, according to the report. However, we'll have to see how often matchups may alter this new default lineup.
News: Martin was recalled from the G League on Friday, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Martin could see some time off the bench with the Wolves dealing with a number of injuries. Depending on how many players ahead of him on the depth chart are able to play Friday in Oklahoma City, there's a chance Martin plays a fairly significant role, as he's reached 20 minutes on two occasions this season.
News: Layman (toe) remains out for Friday's slate against the Thunder.
Impact: It'll be the seventh straight absence for the Maryland product, as he continues to battle a left sprained toe. Layman's next opportunity to return to the court will be Sunday against the Lakers.
News: Wiggins is questionable for Friday's contest against the Thunder due to a left thumb sprain.
Impact: It's unclear when exactly Wiggins picked up the injury, as it could have been during the Timberwolves' most recent contest against Dallas on Wednesday. If Wiggins' thumb sprain is too much to overcome Friday, Keita Bates-Diop and Treveon Graham are candidates to see increased run.
News: Reid (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Thunder.
Impact: Reid hasn't made his professional debut yet this season after coming down with a right shoulder injury. Even if he's ultimately cleared to play Friday, there's a good chance that he'll not crack a spot in the lineup due to being buried on the depth chart.
News: Towns is probable for Friday's contest versus the Thunder due to a right knee injury.
Impact: The official diagnosis on the injury reports states that Towns has picked up a right knee tendinopathy. Although the center is likely to play Friday, the Timberwolves might adhere on the side of caution if the injury is worse than originally expected.
News: Napier (hamstring) is probable to play in Friday's contest against the Thunder.
Impact: Napier's name on the injury report is likely just a precaution taken by the team, as the guard returned to the floor last Sunday following a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury. Napier is averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 assists over eight games played this season.
News: Bell scored two points with one rebound and missed his only shot from the floor in six minutes in Wednesday's loss at Dallas.
Impact: Bell continues to have a minimal role off the bench. He's played over ten minutes in just one of his last six appearances in a game.
News: Bates-Diop scored eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt) with two rebounds in 21 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Dallas.
Impact: Bates had been averaging 28 minutes and 15.3 points per game over his last five games, so this was a slight step back. However, he's worked his way into a steady roll off the bench. He's shooting 53.6 percent from three-point range, which will continue to give him healthy minutes if he comes close to maintaining that pace.
News: Wiggins had 26 points (7-24 FG, 3-8 3PT, 9-11 FT), five rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 121-114 loss at Dallas.
Impact: Wiggins has scored 20 or more points in 11 of his last 12 games, but he has been struggling from the floor of late. The Canadian wing is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from three-point range over his last six games after a three-game absence. Those struggles certainly reduce his value going forward.
News: Towns finished with 26 points (10-19 FG, 3-5 3PT, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 121-114 loss at Dallas.
Impact: Towns did everything he could to avoid the loss for Minnesota, but his efforts were not enough. His streak of consecutive games with a double-double ended at nine, but he's had one in 12 of his last 14 appearances following his two-game suspension back in early November. He should maintain that strong level of play Friday at Oklahoma City.
News: Covington had 22 points (8-13 FG, 6-10 3PT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 121-114 loss at Dallas.
Impact: Covington has scored in double digits in eight of Minnesota's last 10 games, and he seems to have taken a bigger responsibility on offense since he's averaged 13.0 points per game on 47.7 shooting over that span. He will try to keep that strong run of form alive when the Wolves take on the Thunder on the road Friday.
News: Graham will come off the bench Wednesday against the Mavericks.
Impact: Josh Okogie will get the start in place of Graham, who has started all but one game this season for the Timberwolves. In his lone appearance off the bench, Graham tallied 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes.
News: Okogie will start Wednesday's game against Dallas.
Impact: Okogie will make his first appearance in the starting lineup since November 11th's game against Detroit. In two starts this year, the second-year pro's totaled nine points and eight rebounds in 45 minutes. While the totlas aren't impressive, there's a good chance that Okogie will be given ample opportunity to assert his defensive skills in a matchup with Luca Doncic.
News: Reid (shoulder) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Reid has yet to appear for the Timberwolves this season as he's struggled through injury issues and G-League assignments. His next opportunity to make his NBA debut will be Friday against the Thunder.
News: Napier (hamstring) will be available for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
Impact: As expected, Napier will play for the second time since returning from a long stint on the injury list due to a hamstring strain. In seven games this year, the 27-year-old's averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 20.3 minutes.
News: Averaging 22.9 minutes over his rookie tenure with the Iowa squad, Kelan Martin has produced 11.5 points, 5.0 boards, an assist and a steal over four appearances.
Impact: The undrafted rookie from Butler had his stats bolstered by a 26-point night in the Iowa Wolves's November 29th victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Martin also provided solid time for the Timberwolves in the latter half of November, splitting 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds across 19.4 minutes over five appearances.
News: Reid is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks due to right shoulder soreness.
Impact: Reid hasn't taken the court for the Timberwolves this season, and despite being recalled from the G League on Sunday, he may not even be available to play Wednesday. The team should get a better idea of his status closer to tip.
News: Napier (hamstring) is probable for Wednesday's matchup against Dallas.
Impact: Napier's injury designation is likely just a precaution, as the former UConn star returned to the floor Sunday against the Grizzlies and logged nine minutes of action following a lengthy absence due to the hamstring injury.
News: Layman (toe) won't play Wednesday against Dallas.
Impact: Layman will miss his fifth straight matchup due to a left toe sprain. His next opportunity to return will come Friday in Oklahoma City.
News: Culver had 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3PT, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes during Sunday's 115-107 defeat against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Culver has scored in double digits during eight of his last nine contests, and he has added multiple rebounds and/or assists in every one of those games as well. He should remain as a starter ahead of Wednesday's road matchup at Dallas.
News: Wiggins had 18 points (6-17 FG, 1-6 3PT, 5-5 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 35 minutes during Sunday's 115-107 defeat against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Wiggins has moved to a point guard role in Minnesota's last three games but he thrived in this contest, matching his season-high mark for dimes in the current season. Wiggins has been Minnesota's most consistent scorer this season, but he has been struggling from the field of late and that should impact his upside negatively going forward. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the field over his last five outings.
News: Towns had 21 points (7-20 FG, 1-10 3PT, 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes during Sunday's 115-107 defeat against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Towns has 12 double-doubles in his last 13 games, and he has been one of the league's most productive big men in The Association -- he has dished out at last five assists in five of those games as well, giving him a high floor regardless of the opponent. Towns should remain a productive player ahead of a tough away matchup at Dallas on Wednesday.
News: Teague had 13 points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3PT, 8-8 FT), six assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 115-107 defeat against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Teague has been out of the starting lineup in each of Minnesota's last three games and has averaged just 9.3 points with 6.7 assists per game over that span. Based on the recent rotations on the Timberwolves roster, Teague is expected to continue coming off the bench for the foreseeable future.
News: Napier (hamstring) is available for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Napier hasn't seen the court since Nov. 4 but is cleared to play Sunday versus Memphis. The 28-year-old averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 22.2 minutes through six games prior to the injury, but he may see limited minutes after missing the last 12 games.
News: Okogie (knee) is available for Sunday's game against Memphis.
Impact: Okogie was considered probable for Sunday's game, so it's no surprise to see he'll be suiting up. The 21-year-old is averaging 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.4 minutes this season.
News: Graham (forearm) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Graham was probable with a bruised left forearm, so it's not a major surprise to see him good to go Sunday. The 26-year-old played a season-low 13 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Spurs, but he had three full days to help him avoid missing a game.
News: Reid was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
Impact: Reid has played in nine games with the Iowa Wolves and is averaging 18.9 points, 10.0 rebounds 2.4 assists and 2.1 blocks in 32.3 minutes. The undrafted rookie out of LSU is on a two-way deal has yet to see the court for the Timberwolves.
News: Layman (toe) will not play Sunday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Layman will miss his fifth straight game with a left toe sprain. The Wolves will have a pair of days off before their next game Wednesday in Dallas, but there's been no indication that Layman is on the brink of a return.
News: Napier (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Napier's hamstring strain has so far caused him to miss 11 games. He's trending in the right direction, however, making the jump to questionable after previously not being listed as anything better than doubtful.
News: Okogie is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies with a sore left knee.
Impact: Okogie's knee issue dates back over two weeks. He's missed two games since it first popped up, though he's played in four others.
News: Graham (forearm) is probable for Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Graham has been battling a bruised left forearm since Nov. 23, but he has yet to miss more than one game due to the injury. Over his past 10 appearances, he's averaging 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 25.0 minutes.
News: Bates-Diop accounted for 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt), four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes Wednesday against San Antonio.
Impact: Bates-Diop topped double-figures for the third-straight game as it seems increasingly likely that the second-year forward's found himself a lasting role for Minnesota. In his past three outings, Bates-Diop's hit 20-of-35 shots from the field and 9-of-20 three-pointers, providing complementary offense and hard-nosed defense to the star-centric Timberwolves. Look for Bates-Diop to continue his strong play and see around 25 minutes in Sunday's tilt with Memphis.
News: Towns recorded 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists and a block across 30 minutes in Wednesday's win over San Antonio.
Impact: Towns had a routine game by his standards, recording his 14th double-double of the season and generating offense from across the floor. While he's posting almost the exact same line as a year ago, due to the fact that he's shooting 44.4 percent from three, Towns' topping his effective field goal percentage by nearly five percentage points. From a fantasy perspective, the 23-year-old center essentially has no weaknesses.
News: Wiggins finished with 26 points (7-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 9-14 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Spurs.
Impact: Wiggins got the job done on both sides of the ball, topping 20 points for the 10th-straight game and recording multiple blocks for the fourth time this year. His 14 free-throw attempts marked a season-high, as did his nine makes. Wiggins continues to demonstrate his evolution as a scorer as Wednesday's outing marked the fourth time in his past six games that he's made more than 50 percent of his threes.
News: Graham left Wednesday's game against the Spurs early due to an undisclosed injury, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Graham left partway into the second quarter and was unable to return, though the team didn't officially rule him out. The injury appeared to be centered around his lower body, likely his ankle, though the exact details remain unclear. Pending an official update from the team, look for Graham's availability for Sunday's game against Grizzlies to hinge on his participation in practice over the next couple of days.
News: Okogie (knee) is available for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Okogie was considered probable with minor knee soreness, so it's not a major surprise he's playing Wednesday. The 21-year-old is averaging 21.7 minutes over his last three games while battling the knee issue, a bit below his season average.
News: Napier (hamstring) won't play in Wednesday's tilt with the Spurs.
Impact: Napier will miss an 11th-straight game due to a right hamstring strain. His recovery seems to be stagnating as he was once again listed as doubtful in the lead up to game time.
News: Graham (forearm) will start Wednesday's game against San Antonio, Kyle Ratke of the Timberwolves' official site reports.
Impact: Despite being listed as questionable heading into Wednesday's match due to an ongoing forearm issue, Graham will take his usual spot in the starting lineup. He's averaged a career-high 25.3 minutes per game this season, contributing 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in his time on the floor.
News: Layman (toe) is out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Layman will miss his fourth straight game due to a left toe sprain. His next opportunity to return will come Sunday against the Grizzlies.
News: Napier (hamstring) is doubtful Wednesday against the Spurs.
Impact: A strained right hamstring has prevented Napier from playing since Nov. 4, and it's unlikely that he'll make his return Wednesday. Assuming he's out, his next opportunity to play arrives Sunday against the Grizzlies.
News: Okogie is probable for Wednesday's game against San Antonio due to left knee soreness.
Impact: Okogie has been nursing a knee issue for the last week or so, though he's missed just one of his team's last four matchups. Expect the Georgia Tech to be out on the floor for Wednesday's clash barring a last-minute setback.
News: Graham (forearm) is probable for Wednesday's matchup against the Spurs.
Impact: A left forearm bruise prevented Graham from playing two games ago, but he was able to participate in Monday's win over the Hawks. It's likely he'll be able to suit up again Wednesday, with more information on his status possibly arriving following morning shootaround.
News: Dieng amassed 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt), two rebounds, a steal and a block across 16 minutes during Monday's win over the Hawks.
Impact: Dieng reached double-figures for the third time this season as he's struggled to secure consistent minutes in a deep Timberwolves frontcourt. The veteran center's averaging 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in just 12.5 minutes per game on the year.
News: Bates-Diop produced 13 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 23 minutes Monday against Atlanta.
Impact: Bates-Diop continues his recent scoring binge, topping double-figures for the second game in a row while providing some nice value on the defensive side of the ball. His increased scoring level has correlated to the absences of Treveon Graham, Robert Covington and Josh Okogie, and with that trio now back at full health, there's a good chance Bates-Diop's minutes fall back to his usual allotment of 16.5.
News: Wiggins finished with 25 points (9-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds, two steals and an assist in Monday's win over the Hawks.
Impact: Wiggins helped sever Minnesota's two-game losing streak with his strong performance. He ultimately finished with a team-leading plus-13 net rating, while topping 20 points for the 12th time this season. Wiggins is on pace for career-best numbers and is averaging 25.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.1 blocks in 34.9 minutes through 14 appearances.
News: Towns totaled 28 points (8-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 13 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in Monday's win over Atlanta.
Impact: Towns powered the TImberwolves to an important win, recording his 13th double-double of the season as well a tieing a season-best with eight assists. He did struggle a bit with his shot, but he made up for his off night by getting to the line 10 times -- his second-best mark on the season. Towns remains amongst the best fantasy players in the league and will look to continue his excellent season Wednesday against San Antonio.
News: Okogie (knee) is available Monday against the Hawks, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Okogie is good to go Monday after a bout of left knee soreness forced him to miss Saturday's game against the Suns. He's averaging 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals across 24.7 minutes per clash this season.
News: Napier (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Napier hasn't played since Nov. 4 due to a right hamstring strain. His next chance to return will come Wednesday in San Antonio.
News: Teague isn't starting Monday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Teague has started all but one game this season, but after being held to seven points Saturday against the Suns, he's set to take on a new role Monday night. Jarrett Culver will join the starting lineup as a result, though it'll be Andrew Wiggins who gets the nod at point guard.
News: Graham (forearm) is starting Monday against the Hawks.
Impact: As expected, Graham has been cleared to return Monday after missing Saturday's game due to a left forearm contusion. Through 15 games this season, Graham is averaging 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 25.5 minutes.
News: Graham (forearm) is on track to play Monday against Atlanta, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Graham appears to be trending in the right direction after missing Saturday's tilt with Phoenix due to a left forearm contusion. Assuming he's given the green light to play, Graham will likely rejoin the starting lineup, which would push Jarret Culver back to the bench.
News: Layman (toe) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Layman suffered the left toe sprain Nov. 19 and will miss his third consecutive contest. Kelan Martin and Noah Vonleh could see increased usage if Treveon Graham (forearm) and Josh Okogie (knee) are also unable to play.
News: Napier (hamstring) is considered doubtful for Monday's game in Atlanta.
Impact: Napier has missed the last 10 games and there's no indication that he'll be returning to action Monday. The 28-year-old's next chance to play will likely be Wednesday in San Antonio.
News: Okogie (knee) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Hawks.
Impact: Okogie has missed two of the last four games due to left knee soreness, and he continues to battle the injury. The 2019 first-round pick is averaging 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.9 minutes this season.
News: Graham (forearm) is questionable for Monday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Graham was apparently available for Saturday's game against the Suns despite the left forearm bruise, but he didn't end up taking the court. The 26-year-old is averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 25.4 minutes this season.
News: Covington (personal) isn't listed on the injury report for Monday's game in Atlanta, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Covington missed Saturday's game due to personal reasons, but it will only end up being a one-game absence. The 28-year-old is averaging 12.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 27.3 minutes and should reclaim his starting role Monday.
News: Bates-Diop scored 22 points (9-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 100-98 loss to the Suns.
Impact: The second-year forward set a new career scoring high with the performance, topping the 18 points he posted against the Knicks in March. Bates-Diop had only played 38 total minutes in four games since being called up from Minnesota's G League affiliate heading into Saturday, but with Robert Covington (personal) away from the team and some other members of the rotation at the three and four banged up, he could be in line for a significant role in the short term.
News: Wiggins scored 21 points (9-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-3 FT) while adding four rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes during Saturday's 100-98 loss to the Suns.
Impact: The illness that cost Wiggins three games over the last week hasn't ended up slowing him down -- he's scored 20-plus points in both starts since returning to the lineup, and all nine games so far in November. The 24-year-old is taking more shots than ever so far this season, and as a result Wiggins is on pace for career-best numbers.
News: Towns scored a team-high 31 points (11-19 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 17 rebounds, four assists and a block in 39 minutes during Saturday's 100-98 loss to the Suns.
Impact: It's his sixth straight double-double and 12th in 14 games, although the boards were a season high for the fifth-year center. Towns' three-point shooting remains one of the biggest fantasy developments of the year so far -- after averaging a career-high 1.8 threes per game in 2018-19, he's more than doubled his output in that category to begin this season, draining at least three three-pointers in eight straight games.