Description: Timbewolves power forward Kevin Love will miss Saturday's game against the Heat due to the death of his grandmother, according to Nate Sandell of 1500espn.com.
Insight: Love leads the NBA with 18 double-doubles in 19 games this season, and he's also averaging a career-high 4.1 assists. Look for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Dante Cunningham to pick up Love's minutes Saturday.
Description: Timbewolves power forward Kevin Love's status for Saturday's game is up in the air after the passing of his grandmother, according to timberwolves.nba.com.
Insight: Love leads the NBA with 18 double-doubles in 19 games this season, and he's also averaging a career-high 4.1 assists. Look for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Dante Cunningham to pick up Love's minutes if he is out Saturday.
Description: Luc Mbah a Moute could make his T-Wolves debut Saturday against Dallas. SOURCE: Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Insight: Mbah a Moute was at the team's shootaround earlier today after missing Friday's practice to get some of his things from Sacramento. He's only averaging 4.4 ppg and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: For just the second time this season, Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin failed to make a 3-point Wednesday against Denver. However, he still had 29 points because he went 11-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Insight: Martin has made 93.8 percent of his free throws on 6.0 attempts per game this season as well as 43.2 percent of his threes on 5.5 attempts per game. He's averaging 22.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 threes and should continue to thrive as Minnesota's No. 2 scoring option.
Description: Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad (ankle) is expected to play Friday, according to Nate Sandell of 1500espn.com.
Insight: Sandell said Muhammad didn't seem to be having any ankle issues during Friday's shootaround. The rookie has played just 20 minutes over four games so far and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues at the moment.
Description: Minnesota forward Kevin Love scored 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter Tuesday versus Washington.
Insight: Three of Love's four three-pointers came during the opening period. Love has scored at least 23 points in 11 of 12 games this season. He's having an MVP caliber year and should be a lock for his third All-Star Game in February.
Description: Minnesota guard/forward Chase Budinger was seen taking jump shots after practice Monday.
Insight: Still no updated timetable for his return so we will stick with the original 6-8 week schedule which would put a return around the beginning of December. He's been a consistence 9.4 ppg scorer over his first four seasons which won't get him onto many fantasy rosters even when healthy.
Description: Minnesota shooting guard Kevin Martin sat out Wednesday and is questionable for Friday's game against Denver because of the flu.
Insight: Martin did practice Thursday so that's encouraging. He is off to a huge start. In eight games, the 30-year-old has averaged just under 25 ppg while shooting a lethal 55.8 percent from three-point distance.
Description: Minnesota shooting guard Kevin Martin sat out Wednesday because of the flu. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Martin is off to a huge start. In eight games, the 30-year-old has averaged just under 25 ppg while shooting a lethal 55.8 percent from three-point distance. Hopefully he'll be over his illness by Friday when the Wolves play in Denver.
Description: Corey Brewer has scored 17.5 ppg over his last two games.
Insight: He's had double-digit points in four straight games and five of six this season. He should improve on his stats from last season with Denver, when he averaged 12.1 points, 1.4 steals and 1.1 threes in 24.5 minutes per game. He's playing 32 mpg as Minnesota's starting small forward.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love already has three 30-point, 15-rebound games this season.
Insight: He has six double-doubles in six games and scored at least 24 points in five of six. His latest effort saw him score 32 points with 15 rebounds, eight assists, one block and three threes Friday against Dallas. Love has pitched in 5.0 assists per game, up from 2.0 for his career.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio scored in double figures and dished out double-digit assists in each of the first two games this season.
Insight: He also picked up eight steals and three triples in that span. Rubio will likely still experience some shooting woes this season which will limit his scoring but he has the potential to average 10 assists and 3.0 steals. That makes him one of fantasy's top point guards.
Description: Corey Brewer is starting Minnesota's season opener Wednesday against the Magic at small forward.
Insight: Brewer returned to the team that drafted him when he signed with the Timberwolves this summer. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 threes over 24 minutes per game with the Nuggets last season. He'll have to compete with Derrick Williams, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger for small forward minutes, so his fantasy value will be limited.
Description: The Timberwolves have picked up Ricky Rubio's option for next season. SOURCE: Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Insight: It's a no-brainer for the Wolves as Rubio is poised to become Minnesota's franchise point guard. He's one of only a handful of players in the league with the potential to average double-digit assists.
Description: Minnesota forward Derrick Williams will have his option picked up for next season. SOURCE: 1500 ESPN
Insight: The 22-year-old will have a base salary of $6.3 million in 2014-15. Originally slated to open the year as the team's starting small forward, Williams may have to settle for a spot on the bench behind Corey Brewer.
Description: Minnesota guard/forward Chase Budinger is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a left knee injury. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: He could be out for even longer once he learns his official diagnosis from Dr. James Andrews. Injuries limited Budinger to just 20 games last season and it looks like that same scenario could play out again in 2013-14.
Description: Newly acquired SG guard Kevin Martin should fit nicely in the Minnesota offense, according to Star Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda.
Insight: The Timberwolves have an excellent point guard in Ricky Rubio and an inside game that requires defensive attention with the returning Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. We think Martin will rebound from an off season in OKC to score 19 or 20 ppg.
Description: Wolves guard Shabazz Muhammad was sent home early from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey after bringing a female guest back to his hotel room. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: He'll also pay a fine. None of the rookies attending the seminar are allowed to bring unauthorized guests back to their rooms. Muhammad is no stranger to controversy. He briefly lost his eligiblity at UCLA last season after being accused of receiving improper benefits. He was re-instated three games later. Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley were involved in a similar incident when they attended the Rookie Transition Program together in 2008.
Description: Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports Ronny Turiaf has signed a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Timberwolves.
Insight: Turiaf has now played for seven teams in his last seven seasons. The journeyman averaged just 1.9 ppg backing up DeAndre Jordan last year in Los Angeles. Needless to say, he won't be a fantasy option in 2013-14.
Description: According to the Timberwolves' Twitter, power forward Kevin Love is working out with no limitations.
Insight: Love played just 18 games this season due to two broken bones in his right hand, and then had surgery to address an issue with scar tissue in his left knee. He should be an early first-round pick in 2013-14 fantasy drafts.
Description: The Timberwolves tweeted that Ricky Rubio is working out without limitations.
Insight: Rubio suffered a torn ACL toward the end of his rookie year and didn't return until December last season. He averaged just 6.1 points and 25 minutes over his first 21 games back, but played an average of 33 minutes and had 13.3 points, 8.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals over his last 36 games.
Description: The Wolves and center Nikola Pekovic are working on a four-year, $50 million deal according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Insight: The deal should be official soon. Pekovic posted career-highs in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg) last season. He'll be paired with Chase Budinger and Kevin Love in the front court next season.
Description: Corey Brewer and the Timberwolves have agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract, according to Yahoo's Marc Spears.
Insight: Brewer spent four seasons in Minnesota before being traded to the Knicks at the 2011 trade deadline. Last year in Denver, Brewer averaged 12.1 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting. He'll compete with Chase Budinger and rookie Shabazz Muhammad for minutes at the three next season.
Description: The T-Wolves inked swingman Chase Budinger to a three-year deal on Tuesday. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: He'll earn $16 million over the contract's duration. Budinger (9.1 ppg in 23 games in 2012-13) has shown flashes during his first three seasons in the league but he's never been able to put it all together. He could have a chance to start at small forward now that Andrei Kirilenko is a free agent.
Description: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Kevin Martin has agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal with Minnesota.
Insight: The Timberwolves seem to be stockpiling wing players this offseason. They drafted Shabazz Muhammad last week and now they've already grabbed Chase Budinger and Martin in free agency. Martin averaged 14.0 ppg for the Thunder last season, his lowest scoring average since 2005-06 when he played for Sacramento.
Description: Andrei Kirilenko has chosen to opt out of his deal with the Timberwolves.
Insight: At midnight, he'll become a free agent. That's pretty convenient for rookie Shabazz Muhammad, who could slide into the starting small forward role now that Kirilenko appears to be on his way out of town. Kirilenko averaged 12.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg last year in his first and perhaps only season with Minnesota.
Description: Earlier this week, the Cavaliers offered Minnesota Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and the first pick in Thursday's NBA draft for Kevin Love. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The Timberwolves have already turned it down. That's a pretty fair offer so it seems like Minnesota is intent on keeping its franchise power forward. We'd expect the Wolves to eventually lock Love into a long-term deal. As it stands now, Love will become a free agent after the 2014-15 season.
Description: This could be the end for free agent guard Brandon Roy. SOURCE: Ben Golliver, SB Nation
Insight: Roy endured a short-lived comeback with the Timberwolves last season. Knee injuries limited him to just five games and now Roy says his "basketball days are numbered." He hasn't officially retired but it looks like he's headed in that direction.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (sore calf) will miss Wednesday's game, as we expected.
Insight: There was no reason to force Pekovic into action with nothing to play for. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds this season but once again dealt with injuries and missed 20 games. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (sore calf) is doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman was uncertain if Pekovic would play Wednesday, but we can't see him playing since the team has nothing to play for. The center will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic is a no-go for Monday's game against Utah. He's still battling a sore calf.
Insight: We're guessing the Wolves will play it safe and keep Pekovic out Wednesday as well, which would end his season. Greg Stiemsma will get the start but he's not somebody you want on your fantasy team (3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg in 74 games).
Description: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio piled on 24 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals Saturday in a win over Phoenix.
Insight: Rubio is averaging 13.2 ppg, 8.3 apg, 5.3 rpg and 3.0 spg in 30 games since the All-Star break. Compare that to 7.8 ppg, 6.5 apg, 2.5 rpg and 1.8 apg in 25 first half games. The 22-year-old should be one of the first point guards taken on fantasy draft day next fall.
Description: A calf injury will keep Wolves center Nikola Pekovic from appearing in Saturday night's game against the Suns.
Insight: Pekovic (16.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg) also sat out Friday when the Timberwolves were in Utah. With two games left on the schedule after Saturday, fantasy owners shouldn't hold their breath waiting for Pekovic to come back.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic was tremendous Wednesday in a win over Milwaukee (27 points, eight rebounds, three assists).
Insight: He's shooting 66.7 percent from the field over his past three games. It is worth noting that Pekovic's rebounding numbers have tumbled a bit in the wake of his recent scoring surge (just 6.5 rpg in his last two games, 8.8 rpg for the season).
Description: On a night when he wasn't supposed to play, Nikola Pekovic led all scorers with 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Insight: Pekovic didn't crash the boards like he usually does (just five rebounds in 41 minutes) but who can complain about 29 points? A 73 percent free throw shooter for the season, Pekovic was a perfect 11-of-11 from that distance Monday against Boston. He's averaging 20.6 ppg over his last five games.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic sat out Saturday's game against the Grizzlies because of a sprained left ankle and is questionable for Monday's game against Boston.
Insight: Pekovic seemed fine Friday when he lit up the Thunder for 22 points and 15 rebounds. Shot blocking wizard Greg Stiemsma would take over as the team's primary low-post threat, but he has little fantasy value.
Description: Wolves guard Ricky Rubio nearly went for a triple-double Saturday against Memphis.
Insight: The 22-year-old finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. That's Rajon Rondo-like. Now that his knee is back at 100 percent, we can expect many more performances like this from Rubio in the future.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will sit out Saturday's game against the Grizzlies because of a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Pekovic seemed fine yesterday when he lit up the Thunder for 22 points and 15 rebounds. Shot blocking wizard Greg Stiemsma will take over as the team's primary low-post threat. He's averaged 5.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 15 starts this season.
Description: T-Wolves power forward Kevin Love is expected to have an MRI and the results will tell whether he comes back this season or the next.
Insight: Love is still hoping to appear in a couple games near the end of the season, but even he acknowledged that that timetable might be a tad unrealistic. Minnesota isn't in contention for a playoff spot so there isn't much point in playing Love down the stretch. If you have held him this long, wait for the results of the MRI before releasing him for the season.
Description: Minnesota guard/forward Chase Budinger (knee) will return to action Thursday against the Kings.
Insight: Budinger was averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds before tearing his left meniscus in November. Ricky Rubio's return to the starting lineup bumped Luke Ridnour to the starting two-guard spot, so Budinger won't play many minutes as a reserve swingman.
Description: Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a left groin injury Monday against Memphis, but is probable for Thursday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Rubio says his leaving the last game was precautionary and that he good for Thursday's game. He has played very well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 8.3 apg in 15 games.
Description: T-Wolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko will again be on a minutes limit Monday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Kirilenko produced eight points and five boards in his return from a calf injury Sunday against New Orleans. He played 25 minutes in that contest and we'd expect him to see a similar workload on Monday.
Description: Despite the returns of Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko to the starting lineup, Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams scored 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds and three 3-pointers Sunday against the Hornets.
Insight: After averaging 8.8 points on 41 percent shooting his rookie year and 9.1 points on 41 percent shooting over his first 41 games this season, Williams looked like a draft bust. However, an average of 17.4 ppg over his last 18 shows that there might be some hope for him to blossom into the star scoring forward he was expected to be. He'll continue to start at power forward until Kevin Love returns to action (if he returns at all this season).
Description: Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko (calf) will be available for Sunday's game.
Insight: Kirilenko has missed 14 of the last 18 games, first with a quad injury and then with a strained calf. Derrick Williams has filled in admirably with 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds over his last 18 games. Williams will likely remain the starter at power forward until Kevin Love returns, but his production will take a dive.
Description: T-Wolves power forward Kevin Love told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he may not play again this season.
Insight: Love is still hoping to appear in a couple games near the end of the season but even he acknowledged that that timetable might be a tad unrealistic. Minnesota isn't in contention for a playoff spot so there isn't much point in playing Love down the stretch.
Description: Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams had 19 points with four rebounds and two threes Friday against the Rockets.
Insight: Minnesota's glut of injuries up front has led to Williams getting more playing time. He has taken advantage in a big way with averages of 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds over his last 18 games. He has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.
Description: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio followed up Tuesday's triple-double with another impressive outing Wednesday against the Pacers (21 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, three steals).
Insight: In the words of Mugatu from Zoolander, Rubio is sooo hot right now. Since the All-Star break, Rubio is averaging 13.3 ppg and 9.2 apg in 12 games. That's Steve Nash-like. Once a borderline fantasy player, Rubio has officially graduated to must-start status.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss his sixth straight game Tuesday with an abdominal strain. He has also been ruled out for Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Greg Stiemsma has started the last five but only averaged 4.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 0.4 bpg. If you're looking for an option out of this mess, grab Derrick Williams, who has been hot over his last 15 games.
Description: Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko (calf) will miss Tuesday's game. SOURCE: Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press
Insight: This will make 12 DNPs over the last 16 games and seven consecutive absences for Kirilenko. Mickael Gelabale is averaging 16 ppg over his last two games and Derrick Williams is producing 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last 15.
Description: Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a meeting with his doctor in New York on March 13 will determine when he can return to the lineup. Love admitted that "my range of motion isn't quite there yet, my hand still gets a little stiff sometimes."
Insight: Love was averaging 18.3 ppg, 14.0 rpg at the time of the injury and his fantasy owners would love to get him back - even if only for three or four weeks.
Description: Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio piled on 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals Wednesday in a win over the Wizards.
Insight: Well, the ACL certainly doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. Rubio is still a bit turnover-prone but the three turnovers he committed Wednesday represented a noticeable improvement from the six he made Monday in a loss to Miami. Continue to start Rubio with confidence.
Description: Minnesota guard/forward Chase Budinger (knee) said he hopes to be back in 2-3 weeks.
Insight: Budinger was averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds before tearing his left meniscus in November. Ricky Rubio's return to the starting lineup bumped Luke Ridnour to the starting two-guard spot, so Budinger won't have many minutes available unless Andrei Kirilenko (calf) remains out.
Description: The NBA has downgraded the flagrant foul Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea was assessed Monday against the Heat to a flagrant-1.
Insight: During the fourth quarter Monday, Heat guard Ray Allen turned his back to an advancing Barea to protect the ball on the perimeter and used his left arm to push Barea backwards. The Timberwolves guard lost his temper and checked Allen on an ensuing drive to the basket, but it was hardly a flagrant-2. This ensures that Barea has avoided a fine or suspension.
Description: In addition to Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota has ruled out Andrei Kirilenko (calf strain) for the next three games. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune.
Insight: Kirilenko missed five straight games leading into the All-Star break with a quad strain and only made it through three full games before injuring his calf on Feb. 26. He has already missed three games with his current ailment. Derrick Williams and Dante Cunningham should continue to see increased minutes.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic missed Monday's game versus Miami because of a strained abdomen and is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Washington as well.
Insight: Pekovic's MRI came back clean. Second-year center Greg Stiemsma will draw the start in his place, but game is defense-oriented. Dante Cunningham saw 39 minutes against the Heat and posted eight points and 11 rebounds.
Description: Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss Monday's game versus Miami because of a strained abdomen.
Insight: Luckily for fantasy owners, Pekovic's MRI came back clean. Second-year center Greg Stiemsma will draw the start in his place. Stiemsma's game is defense-oriented so we don't see him as much of a fantasy option.
Description: Derrick Williams led the T-Wolves with 23 points Sunday in a loss to Golden State and should continue to thrive as Minnesota only big man scoring threat.
Insight: With Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love watching from the sidelines, Williams is playing close to 40 minutes a game and posting huge numbers. Over his last four games he's averaging 20.5 ppg and 10 rpg. There are not many 20-10 guys in this league.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is questionable for Saturday's game against Portland with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in Thursday's game with the Lakers.
Insight: Pekovic has taken the opportunity of Kevin Love's injury to push his game to the next level, averaging 15.9 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Though listed as questionable, we think he might miss a game or two. Derrick Williams could be a top selection if Pekovic is sidelined.
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said he expects forward Andrei Kirilenko (calf) to be out for "a while," according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Kirilenko has missed more than a week on two separate occasions this season, first with back spasms and then with a strained quad. "I don't know how long, but he'll be out for a while," Adelman said. "And that will really hurt us again because we're just so small offensively. It just makes it hard." Adelman will be forced to use a combination of Mickael Gelabale, Alexey Shved, Dante Cunningham and Derrick Williams to replace Kirilenko. Williams performed well earlier this month when Kirilenko was sidelined.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (illness) is expected to play Thursday against the Lakers, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Pekovic received IV treatments after Tuesday's overtime game because he wasn't feeling well. He still managed to play 40 minutes and score 18 points with 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko says he will miss Thursday's game against the Lakers. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Kirilenko missed five games with a strained right quad prior to the All-Star break so this is a tough break for fantasy owners since the forward offers a unique blend of production. Kirilenko could end up missing Saturday's game as well.
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko suffered a left calf strain during Tuesday's game and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers.
Insight: Kirilenko missed five games with a strained right quad prior to the All-Star break so this is a tough break for fantasy owners since the forward offers a unique blend of production. The team has always played in conservatively with Kirilenko, so it's more than likely that he will miss Thursday's game.
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko suffered a left calf strain during Tuesday's game.
Insight: Kirilenko missed five games with a strained right quad prior to the All-Star break so this is a tough break for fantasy owners since the forward offers a unique blend of production. He will probably miss Thursday's game against the Lakers.
Description: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio collected 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals Sunday in a one-point loss to Golden State.
Insight: Rubio is averaging 13.5 ppg this month, a significant improvement from the 5.4 ppg he averaged in January. That's good to see, but fantasy owners are still wondering where Rubio's three-point stroke went (34 percent shooting last season, 12 percent success rate in 2012-13).
Description: Derrick Williams led the T-Wolves with 23 points Sunday in a loss to Golden State.
Insight: The second-year forward is finally beginning to show us why he was selected with the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Clearly, he's earned head coach Rick Adelman's trust, having played 35 minutes or more in three of his last four games.
Description: Nikola Pekovic was a monster Wednesday night against the Sixers. The Timberwolves big man finished the evening with 27 points, 18 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Insight: It's Pekovic's third double-double in a row and his sixth in his last seven games. If you were lucky enough to grab Pekovic in this year's fantasy draft, you've been rewarded handsomely so far (career-high 16.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg in 44 games).
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko (quad) will play Wednesday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Kent Youngblood, StarTribune.com
Insight: Kirilenko has missed the last five games with a strained right quad and had the entire All-Star break to rest. His return will certainly affect the fantasy production of Derrick Williams, who has proven to be a decent option recently.
Description: 1500 ESPN reports that the Knicks are pursuing a trade for Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour.
Insight: Minnesota doesn't need three point guards and out of the three (J.J. Barea, Ridnour and Ricky Rubio) it seems like Ridnour is the most likely to be traded. The Knicks' current point guard Raymond Felton (14.9 ppg, 6.3 apg) plays more than 34 minutes per game, which wouldn't leave much time for Ridnour (12.3 ppg, 3.9 apg) to contribute.
Description: Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love says the hand is feeling better, but he has not yet begun to dribble or shoot.
Insight: Love isn't expected to return until mid-March at the earliest. Owner Glen Taylor is hoping he'll get back soon to see where the team is at and plan for next year, but if there is any doubt the team will err on the side of caution. At best fantasy owners can expect 3-4 weeks of play at the end of the season.
Description: Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio had a second straight double-double with 18 points and 10 assists Wednesday. Rubio made 12-of-13 from the foul line to offset a 3-for-13 shooting night.
Insight: Rubio is finally heating up. He has scored in double figures in four straight games and five of the last six and has dished out at least 10 assists in five of those six games. Rubio also has 45 steals in just 25 games.
Description: Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio has put up double-digit points in two straight games for the first time this season.
Insight: Rubio scored 17 points Sunday after knocking in 18 Friday night. While he only had four assists Sunday, Rubio dished out 36 over his previous three games. The quick-handed guard has also put up 1.6 steals per game this season.
Description: Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour scored 17 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two threes Sunday versus Memphis.
Insight: Ridnour has scored 37 points over the last two games. Unfortunately, when Minnesota has four healthy guards Ridnour cannot be relied upon as more than a fantasy backup. J.J. Barea should be able to return soon from a back injury.
Description: Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea is questionable for Sunday's game at Memphis after hurting his foot on Friday. He'll work out pregame to see if he can go.
Insight: Barea (11.4 ppg, 4.4 apg) has only missed seven games this season. If he misses Sunday's game, fantasy owners can expect Ricky Rubio (6.6 ppg, 6.3 apg) and Luke Ridnour (11.9 ppg) to pick up most of the slack.
Description: Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea is questionable for Sunday's game at Memphis after hurting his foot on Friday.
Insight: Technically Barea (11.4 ppg, 4.4 apg) has only missed seven games this season but it feels like he's missed a lot more. If he misses Sunday's game, fantasy owners can expect Ricky Rubio (6.6 ppg, 6.3 apg) and Luke Ridnour (11.9 ppg) to pick up most of the slack.
Description: A strained right quad will keep Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko from competing in Friday night's game against New York.
Insight: Kirilenko missed Wednesday's game also. We're not holding out much hope that he'll be able to play Sunday at Memphis. Adding Mickael Gelabale (10 points for the T-Wolves on Wednesday) off the waiver wire seems like a decent short-term solution for Kirilenko owners.
Description: Minnesota small forward Andrei Kirilenko (right quad strain) will likely miss Friday's game, coach Rick Adelman said. SOURCE: Dave Benz, Timberwolves play-by-play
Insight: Kirilenko (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) also missed Wednesday, his fourth absence of the season. Michael Gelabale played 34 minutes, Derrick Williams played 28 and Dante Cunningham 26 Wednesday night against the Spurs, and Williams put up a 15-12 double-double.
Description: Minnesota small forward Andrei Kirilenko (right quad strain) won't play Wednesday.
Insight: Though Kirilenko (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) has a long history of injuries, he's only missed four games for the T-Wolves this season. Derrick Williams, Dante Cunningham and Nikola Pekovic should see an uptick in production Wednesday.
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is taking guard Ricky Rubio off his minutes limit.
Insight: Rubio has averaged 29 mpg in his last four contests, racking up 9.0 ppg and 6.3 apg during that span. His knee seems to be responding well to the increased workload. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to start Rubio Saturday night against New Orleans.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is probable for Wednesday's game against the LA Clippers after getting through Monday's practice without incident, according to writer Jon Krawczynski. He's missed Minnesota's last five games.
Insight: Pekovic is a must start particularly with Kevin Love sidelined. He's averaging 16.0 ppg and 8.6 rpg this season.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio scored in double figures Saturday for the first time this season with 14 points against the Bobcats. Rubio added eight assists and five steals in 29 minutes.
Insight: Rubio has put together 15 mediocre games since he came back from a torn ACL in December. Saturday was by far his best performance of the season.
Description: T-Wolves guard Alexey Shved (ankle) will miss Friday's game. He didn't travel with the team.
Insight: Shved's participation in practice on Tuesday obviously didn't mean that he is ready to play yet. Friday will be his fourth straight absence. Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea have been splitting the minutes at the two guard spots, but Rubio was benched late in Wednesday's game.
Description: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio wasn't thrilled about his benching late in Wednesday night's loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: Rubio just hasn't been getting the job done for Minnesota. After posting averages of 10.6 ppg and 8.2 apg as a rookie in 2011-12, he's averaged a mild 4.2 ppg and 5.0 apg in 14 games this season. Pouting about his lack of playing time probably isn't going to help matters.
Description: T-Wolves guard Alexey Shved (ankle) won't play Wednesday.
Insight: Shved's participation in practice on Tuesday obviously didn't mean that he is ready to play yet. Wednesday will be his third straight absence. Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea have been splitting the minutes at the two guard spots.
Description: Andrei Kirilenko led the Timberwolves with 21 points and 11 rebounds Saturday against Houston.
Insight: With Kevin Love, Dante Cunningham and Nikola Pekovic all out on Saturday, Kirilenko was asked to shoulder most of the load on offense. Kirilenko should continue to be a viable fantasy asset as long as Love and Pekovic remain sidelined.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss 7-10 days with a quad injury. SOURCE: Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune
Insight: And yet another Wolves player goes down. Pekovic is averaging 16 points and 8.6 rebounds in 34 games this season. He has stayed healthy after battling through foot problems last season. Shot-blocking specialist Greg Stiemsma (averaging more than 3.0 blocks per 36 minutes) should be in line for more playing time.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is doubtful for Saturday's game against Houston after suffering a bruised quad in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: A Minneapolis Star report says he could be out for the short term. Pekovic has been a quality performer this season averaging a career-best 16.0 ppg and 8.6 rpg. With Kevin Love also sidelines, Minnesota doesn't have a solid option should Pekovic not be able to run.
Description: Derrick Williams will get the start at power forward Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Interim head coach Terry Poter has been toying with the idea of starting Williams over Dante Cunningham for a while and now he's finally making the move. Williams hasn't been overly impressive in his second season in the league (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg) but maybe he'll be able to blossom now that he's in the starting lineup.
Description: Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio will make his first start of the season Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Rubio hasn't had a double-digit point game all season but then again, he's more of a distributor than a scorer anyway. In three games against the Clippers last season, Rubio averaged five ppg and seven apg.
Description: Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (illness) is expected to play Thursday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Ray Richardson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: J.J. Barea has cut into Shved's minutes over the last two games after returning from a back injury. With Ricky Rubio getting healthy and Barea back in action, Minnesota's guard minutes will be spread around to four players.
Description: Minnesota point guard J.J. Barea has scored 36 points with 11 assists, five rebounds, five threes and a perfect free-throw percentage (11-of-11) in two games since returning from a back injury.
Insight: Barea has played 23 minutes per game in that time, identical to his season average. His return has meant less playing time for Alexey Shved. The rookie has only played 24 mpg in the last two games.
Description: Timberwolves acting head coach Terry Porter said there's a chance guard J.J. Barea (back) will return to action Sunday. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Barea is averaging 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 threes in just 23 minutes per game this season but he's unlikely to get more playing time than that, especially once Ricky Rubio returns to unlimited minutes.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (knee, back) said it "soon" will be time to let him loose. "I'm feeling good and I want to talk to doctors and see when I will be ready," he said. SOURCE: Star Tribune
Insight: Minnesota finally allowed Rubio to play both games of a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and he followed by playing 21 minutes and 32 seconds on Friday. The point guard said he had routine soreness following the back-to-back but "nothing at all on the knees." While assistant coach Terry Porter said Rubio wouldn't automatically rejoin the starting lineup, he could soon return to unlimited minutes.
Description: Minnesota point guard J.J. Barea won't be in the lineup Wednesday against the Thunder. Barea has a back injury.
Insight: Barea is coming off a very poor shooting night against the Hawks on Tuesday night (2-for-10). Ricky Rubio is still on a minutes limit (and coming off a back injury of his own) so Luke Ridnour is the only T-Wolves point guard you can count on tonight against OKC.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (back spasms) is slated to play about 20 minutes on Tuesday.
Insight: Rubio's return from last March's ACL injury has been even slower than expected due to a back stiffness. At this point, with his limited minutes and off days during back-to-back scheduling, we can't recommend stashing him on your roster.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (hip) says he'll play Tuesday. SOURCE: Timberwolves PR
Insight: Pekovic has been on a roll since mid-December, averaging 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game over his last 12 games. With Kevin Love (hand) slated to miss several weeks, Pekovic's rebounding numbers should increase.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic did not practice Monday, but GM David Kahn said he expects him to play in Tuesday's game against Atlanta. He's been dealing with a strained left hip.
Insight: Pekovic (15.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has been the Wolves' second-best player this season behind Kevin Love. With Love sidelined again, Pekovic should be the sole inside scoring and rebounding threat. Just check the last game in which he scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in 22 minutes. If he plays, he's a must-start with Love out of the lineup.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (back spasms) was expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Portland but missed the game, so be skeptical when you hear that Rick Adelman expects him to return on Tuesday, according to a Jerry Zgoda report.
Insight: Rubio's return from last March's ACL injury has been slow. At this point, with his limited minutes and off days during back-to-back scheduling, we can't recommend stashing him on your roster.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta with a strained left hip.
Insight: Pekovic has been arguably the Wolves' second-best player this season behind superstar power forward Kevin Love. With Love sidelined again, Pekovic should be the sole inside scoring and rebounding threat. Just check the last game in which he scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in 22 minutes. If he plays, he's a must-start with Love out of the lineup.
Description: X-rays showed that Minnesota forward Kevin Love has a fractured right hand. He's out indefinitely.
Insight: Love suffered the injury in Thursday night's win against Denver. It's the second time Love has broken his hand in the last three months. Love missed about a month and a half the last time he broke it so it's reasonable to expect a similar timetable this time around. Love's injury will probably push Dante Cunningham (7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg) into the starting lineup.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (back spasms) was expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Portland but he'll miss a third straight game. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Rubio has only played five out of a possible 10 games (including Saturday) since returning from a torn ACL. He had been sitting the second half of back-to-backs to protect his knee, a practice that will likely continue when he returns from his stiff back.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (sprained finger on right hand) will not play Saturday against the Trail Blazers. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Love is averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game but he still hasn't found consistency in his shooting stroke after missing the first few weeks of the season with a broken right hand. A sprained finger on his shooting hand will further complicate things.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (sprained finger on right hand) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Love is averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game but he still hasn't found consistency in his shooting stroke after missing the first few weeks of the season with a broken right hand. A sprained finger on that same hand won't help him rediscover his touch.
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said he still expects to have point guard Ricky Rubio (back spasms) back for Saturday's home game against the Trail Blazers. Rubio has missed the past three games. SOURCE: Star Tribune
Insight: "That's what the plan was," Adelman said, "but our plans have gone awry a lot of times." The 22-year-old Rubio is only averaging 4.2 points and 4.0 assists in 18 minutes per game while he tries to work his way back from ACL surgery. On the bright side, his current absence is unrelated to his knee injury.
Description: Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio isn't expected to travel with the team for an upcoming two game road trip. He's still dealing with a stiff back. SOURCE: Star Tribune
Insight: Coach Rick Adelman doesn't want to risk putting Rubio on a flight while he's suffering from back spasms, especially because he wasn't going to play in the second game of the road trip anyway. Rubio has been sitting one game in every back-to-back since he recently returned from a torn ACL. While we like Rubio's fantasy potential, he's probably not going to make much of an impact until after the All-Star break.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic bounced back from an off night Wednesday against Houston (two points in 23 minutes) to have one of his best games of the season Saturday night versus Phoenix (28 points, 11 rebounds).
Insight: Pekovic has been arguably the Wolves' second-best player this season behind superstar power forward Kevin Love. He's also developed into a must-own fantasy player.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love racked up 23 points and 18 rebounds Saturday in a win over Phoenix.
Insight: Love has reached double-digit rebounds in 15 of the 16 games he has played in this season. His 14.1 rpg average this season is second in the league behind Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (14.4 rpg).
Description: Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio missed Saturday's game against the Suns because of back spasms.
Insight: Rubio hasn't exactly been stuffing the stat sheet but then again, he's only been playing 18.4 minutes per game since coming back from ACL surgery. Until coach Rick Adelman takes him off of his minutes limit, we wouldn't recommend starting Rubio in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy (knee) is once again out indefinitely. He was targeting Saturday for a return to the lineup but experienced setbacks in his rehab. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski
Insight: It has been a career full of setbacks for Roy, who was once an elite NBA player but is now fighting to keep his career alive.
Description: According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star Tribune, T-Wolves guard Brandon Roy could return to the lineup Saturday against Phoenix if he doesn't suffer any setbacks at Friday's practice.
Insight: Don't be fooled by the familiar name on the back of his jersey: this isn't the same player who made three All-Star appearances in a row for the Trail Blazers between 2008 and 2010. We lost our faith in Roy several knee surgeries ago.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has recovered from the illness that forced him out of Wednesday night's game against Houston.
Insight: He was a full participant in practice on Thursday and should be fine to play Saturday against Phoenix. Before being limited to two points on Wednesday, Pekovic had scored 18 points or more in each of his previous seven outings.
Description: As expected, power forward Kevin Love is in the starting lineup for Minnesota Wednesday against the Rockets. Love missed Sunday's game in New York because of an eye injury.
Insight: Love (19.6 ppg, 13.6 rpg) hasn't been quite as dominant as he was last season (26 ppg, 13.3 rpg) but he's still an elite fantasy player. Get him into your starting lineup ASAP for tonight's matchup with Houston.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (knee) could see an increase in playing time after a Wednesday meeting with management and the training staff, according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report.
Insight: Rubio has been limited to 18 minutes in his first four appearances this season, averaging 3.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 4.5 apg. Fantasy owners can only hope the team will take the shackles off this talented youngster.
Description: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is out for Sunday's game versus the Knicks because of an eye injury.
Insight: There's no reason for fantasy owners to panic. This injury shouldn't keep Love out for more than a game or two. As expected, the 24-year-old is having another solid season, contributing 19.6 ppg and 13.9 rpg as Minnesota's starting power forward.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (back) will play Tuesday night. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Pekovic is averaging 23.3 points over his last four games so fantasy owners will want to have him in the lineup. His scoring has risen since the return of Kevin Love, though his rebounding is down slightly.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is questionable for Tuesday's game against Miami due to a sore back.
Insight: Pekovic is averaging 23.3 points over his last four games. He had 19 points and 12 rebounds Monday against the Magic. His scoring has risen since the return of Kevin Love to the lineup, though his rebounding is down slightly.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio didn't score in 16 minutes Monday against the Magic. He had four assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers.
Insight: Rubio has made just one field goal on seven attempts in his first two games of the season. Wolves coach Rick Adelman has eased him back into action, playing the point guard 17 mpg. Rubio won't play Tuesday in the second half of a back-to-back.
Description: Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved's third game as the starting two-guard didn't go as well as the first two. He only scored three points on 1-of-8 shooting with four turnovers Monday against Orlando.
Insight: Shved scored 15.5 ppg with six 3-pointers in his first two games after moving into the starting lineup, so consider Monday's game a minor hiccup. Shved also has at least five assists in four straight games.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love scored 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting with 15 rebounds and three steals Monday against the Magic.
Insight: Love missed Saturday's game due to flu-like symptoms and also suffered a thumb contusion Friday. He came into Monday's game shooting 34.8 percent from the field, 20.7 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the foul line after missing the first nine games of the season with a broken shooting hand. The buy-low window is still open but won't be for much longer.
Description: Minnesota PG Luke Ridnour scored 15 points Saturday and is averaging 13.9 ppg during a current streak of nine straight double-digit scoring games.
Insight: Ridnour has been a solid fantasy option but his numbers could soon be on the decline. Ricky Rubio made his season debut Saturday after recovering from ACL surgery and will likely move into the starting lineup soon, leaving Ridnour to compete for backup guard minutes with J.J. Barea.
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio played well in his return from an ACL injury Saturday night against Dallas. In 18 minutes off the bench, Rubio put in eight points while dishing out nine assists.
Insight: Rubio struggled shooting the ball (just 1-of-4) but he made most of his free throws (6-for-8) and distributed the basketball exceptionally well. He was also on the defensive side of things, chipping in with three steals. It shouldn't be long before Rubio is back in Minnesota's starting five.
Description: Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio will come off the bench Saturday night against the Mavericks. Saturday will be Rubio's season debut after missing the first 20 games of the season recovering from a torn ACL.
Insight: Head coach Rick Adelman said Rubio will play between 16 and 18 minutes. It's Rubio's first game since March 9th.
Description: Minnesota forward Kevin Love is expected to play Saturday against Dallas. Love bruised his thumb during Friday's win over New Orleans.
Insight: Apparently the injury Love suffered on Friday wasn't anything serious. Ricky Rubio is also in the lineup for the Timberwolves tonight. The second-year point guard has been out the whole season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko had his first double-double since Nov. 14 Friday versus the Hornets. He scored 21 points with 11 boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.
Insight: Kirilenko recently missed four games due to back spasms but he's returned to average 15.6 ppg in his last three games. After playing in Russia for a season, Kirilenko has returned to the NBA with his best production in years and should be universally owned.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic made 14-of-18 from the field against the Hornets Friday for 31 points with five rebounds.
Insight: Both of Pekovic's highest-scoring games of the season have come in the last two games. He's averaging 15 points and 7.2 boards per game and should continue to produce at that level as long as he can stay away from the foot issues that plagued him last season.
Description: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love left Friday's game in the second half with an injured thumb on his shooting hand but X-rays came back negative. SOURCE: Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune
Insight: Love broke the same hand in the preseason and missed the first half of November so it was obviously scary to see him leave with a hand injury Friday. Hopefully he didn't suffer any ligament damage, but we won't know until he has an MRI.
Description: Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic exploded for 22 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday in a win against Denver.
Insight: Pekovic must have been trying really hard to get back into the good graces of fantasy owners after turning in a stinker in his previous outing Friday against Cleveland (four points and one rebound in 25 minutes). He'll try to keep his newfound momentum going Friday night against the Hornets.
Description: Timbewolves point guard Ricky Rubio, who has yet to play this season, could return on Wednesday against Sacramento.
Insight: Rubio (knee surgery) will be an assist machine feeding Kevin Love in the low post when he finally makes his return while Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea will see a significant drop in their playing time.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy (knee) will return to the team Sunday but only to be re-evaluated. He won't practice, Minnesota GM David Kahn said. SOURCE: Pioneer Press
Insight: Roy had yet another knee surgery in mid-November to relieve soreness in his right knee. He came out of a one-year retirement to play with Minnesota this season but could find his career over if his knee doesn't respond well from the latest procedure.
Description: Minnesota forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) is probable for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Kirilenko missed four games but says he's feeling much better. AK-47 has alwasy been a box score filler andf this year is no different. He's averaging 13 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 1.8 bpg. Josh Howard sees more time when Kirilenko is out.