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Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Nickeil Alexander-Walker hits four 3-pointers
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 1:42 PM
Nickeil Alexander-Walker accounted for 18 points (7-of-12 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, four steals, and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Saturday's 120-95 win over the Suns.
Analysis: Minnesota drew first blood in their series on Saturday, and Alexander-Walker was one of the unsung heroes. Not only was he impactful defensively with the four steals, but NAW also had a good afternoon shooting the basketball. And with Kyle Anderson suffering a right hip pointer during the first half, Alexander-Walker will be of even greater importance moving forward. For those competing in DFS tournaments, NAW is worth a look as a low-cost roster filler for Tuesday's Game 2.
Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert grabs 16 rebounds in Game 1 blowout
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 1:36 PM
Rudy Gobert finished Saturday's 120-95 win over the Suns with 14 points (4-of-6 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 16 rebounds, and two assists in 37 minutes.
Analysis: Gobert did not record any defensive stats, but he was elite on the backboards in Saturday's series opener. He led all players in offensive (six) and total (16) rebounds while also going a sparkling 6-of-7 from the foul line. Phoenix's Jusuf Nurkic may not be a headliner in this series, but Gobert thoroughly outplaying him consistently would go a long way toward getting the Timberwolves to the second round. Naz Reid also gave the Timberwolves solid production, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes off the bench.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns posts 19/7/4/1 line in Game 1
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 1:23 PM
Karl-Anthony Towns played 27 minutes in Saturday's win over Phoenix, amassing 19 points (5-of-9 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Like Mike Conley, Towns' minutes took a hit on Saturday due to foul trouble. However, unlike his point guard, KAT was productive when on the court. Fouls were also an issue for him in Sunday's regular-season finale (Minnesota lost to Phoenix), but Towns was 3-of-8 from the field in that one. The shots are down due to his recent return from a knee injury and the continued emergence of Anthony Edwards, so KAT's efficiency is something to keep an eye on throughout the postseason. Game 2 is on Tuesday night.
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards takes over, finishes with 33 PTS
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 1:12 PM
Anthony Edwards shot 14-of-24 from the field and 1-of-2 from the foul line in Saturday's 120-95 win over the Suns, scoring 33 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Analysis: While Edwards was responsible for six of the Timberwolves' 14 turnovers, he was at his best during the third quarter. Shooting 8-of-11 from the field, he scored 18 of his game-high 33 points in the frame. Edwards needed to up his production, as backcourt partner Mike Conley shot 2-of-12 from the field and finished with four points, three rebounds, and seven assists in 27 minutes. Conley shouldn't play that poorly in Tuesday's Game 2, but his production won't change anything for Edwards, one of the NBA's best young talents.
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson (hip) will not return Saturday
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 11:15 AM
Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Kyle Anderson (right hip pointer) is out for the remainder of Saturday's game against the Suns.
Analysis: Due to the hip pointer, Anderson was limited to five minutes of game action. His absence frees up a few more minutes for Monte Morris, but some of SloMo's minutes will also be absorbed by the starting forwards Jaden McDaniels and Karl-Anthony Towns. Game 2 is on Tuesday night.
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson (hip) questionable to return Sat.
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 10:41 AM
Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Kyle Anderson (right hip pointer) is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Suns.
Analysis: Anderson was on the wrong end of a Jusuf Nurkic screen, which caused the hip pointer. After heading to the locker room, he is back on the Timberwolves bench, but a return to the game is not guaranteed. Monte Morris could pick up a few more minutes if Anderson does not return, but it's more likely the starters absorb most of the playing time that would have gone to SloMo.
Mike Conley
Mike Conley produces 17 points, full stat line
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 1:00 PM
Mike Conley shot 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Sunday's loss to the Suns, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
Analysis: Conley ended the regular season with four straight double-digit scoring efforts, making four or more 3-pointers on three occasions. With Anthony Edwards taking on more responsibility within the offense as a playmaker this season, Conley's fantasy value has not suffered. Beginning the season with a Yahoo ADP of 127.6, he has been a top-75 player in 9-cat formats and top 100 in 8-cat. Conley and the Timberwolves dropped to the 3-seed with Sunday's defeat, and they'll host the Suns in Game 1 of their series on Saturday.
Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert scores team-high 21 points Sunday
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 12:48 PM
Rudy Gobert played 32 minutes in Sunday's loss to Phoenix, accounting for 21 points (7-of-9 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one blocked shot.
Analysis: Minnesota's last two games are the first they've played with Karl-Anthony Towns since early March, and his return has not negatively impacted Gobert. After shooting 10-of-10 from the field and scoring 25 points in Friday's win over the Hawks, he scored 21 on solid percentages against the Suns. Before Sunday, Gobert was on a run of four straight games with a double-double, grabbing at least 15 rebounds in each outing. Looking ahead to the first-round matchup with the Suns, Rudy was far better on Sunday than in either of the first two meetings. Game 1 is Saturday in Minneapolis.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns plays 29 minutes vs. Suns
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 12:40 PM
Karl-Anthony Towns (left meniscus surgery) finished Sunday's 125-106 loss to Phoenix with 10 points (3-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
Analysis: After playing 28 minutes in his first game back from knee surgery on Friday, Towns logged 29 on Sunday. Rust may still be an issue, as in addition to shooting 3-of-8 from the field, KAT was responsible for five turnovers. Phoenix won all three meetings with the Timberwolves, but Towns missed the second, and the postseason is an entirely different animal. Naz Reid again came off the bench, finishing Sunday's defeat with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards active Sunday
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 8:02 AM
Duane Rankin on Twitter
Karl-Anthony Towns (left meniscus tear) and Anthony Edwards (illness) are available for Sunday's game against the Suns.
Analysis: Towns will make his anticipated return to the lineup on Sunday, which means fewer minutes for Naz Reid. Nothing has been said regarding potential restrictions, but it's difficult to envision him shouldering a full workload in his first game back. As for Edwards, he will take on his usual responsibilities as the Timberwolves look to finish atop the Western Conference standings.
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns questionable
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 1:12 PM
NBA Injury Report
Anthony Edwards (illness) and Karl-Anthony Towns (left mensicus tear) are questionable to play against Phoenix on Sunday.
Analysis: Let's be real here. With the top seed in the West on the line, neither of these players are missing Sunday's showdown with the Suns. They were both available to play Atlanta on Friday, and they played big minutes. In the slight, slight chance that they sit out, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Naz Reid would be in line to start.
Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert dominates with 25/19, 5 blocks
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:39 PM
Rudy Gobert led Minnesota with 25 points (10-of-10 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), 19 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in a 109-106 win over the Hawks on Friday.
Analysis: Gobert controlled the paint in this game, which included him recording a double-double before halftime. He had his highest-scoring game since March, his best rebounding game since February and his highest block count since January. On top of all of that, Gobert didn't miss a shot. This was an important game for Minnesota in the battle for the top seed in the West, and he had one of his best games of the season. He'll look to keep it going on Sunday against the Suns as they wrap up the regular season. Depending on how things play out for the Nuggets and Thunder, they still have a chance to lock up the top seed in the conference.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns posts 11/5/8 line in return
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:24 PM
Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the lineup on Friday and finished with 11 points (4-of-11 FGs), five rebounds, eight assists, one block and one triple against Atlanta.
Analysis: KAT had been sidelined for over a month after having surgery on his left meniscus, but he was available to play in this one. He logged 28 minutes, and while he didn't have a great shooting night, it was important for him to see some time on the court before the postseason starts. He should see a similar workload in the regular season finale on Sunday, which will be an important game in determining the top three seeds in the West. Having Towns back will certainly make Minnesota even more dangerous as they look to make a run in the playoffs.
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards (illness) active Friday vs. Hawks
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 1:32 PM
NBA injury report
Anthony Edwards (illness) is listed as active for the Timberwolves' Friday matchup with the Hawks.
Analysis: Edwards will avoid missing time ahead of the weekend and will suit up against the Hawks. Fantasy managers should expect him to take on his full workload.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) will return on Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 10:17 AM
Karl-Anthony Towns on Twitter
Karl-Anthony Towns (left meniscus surgery) announced Friday afternoon that he will play in that night's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: Friday's game will be Towns's first since March 4, when he was injured during a win over Portland. Fantasy managers in active leagues should not expect KAT to have a full workload in his first game back, but some production from Towns is better than none. Naz Reid's minutes will decrease, but he remains a player who should be rostered in most leagues.
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards (illness) questionable for Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 8:18 AM
Dane Moore on Twitter
Anthony Edwards (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: Edwards is a late addition to the injury report, a concerning turn of events for fantasy managers in active leagues. Should Ant-Man not play against the Hawks, Nickeil Alexander-Walker would have the most to gain regarding fantasy value.
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) expected to play Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:05 PM
Timberwolves PR on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Karl-Anthony Towns (left meniscus surgery) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: While Wojnarowski reports that Towns is expected to return on Friday, the Timberwolves list him as questionable on the official injury report. His return impacts Naz Reid and Kyle Anderson the most, with the latter's fantasy value taking a significant hit. Reid will remain a player worth rostering for the final few games of the regular season.
Naz Reid
Naz Reid shoots 6-of-19 in loss to Nuggets
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 6:55 PM
Naz Reid struggled with his shot on Wednesday and contributed just 13 points (6-of-19 FGs, 1-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block against the Nuggets.
Analysis: Reid was ejected from their last game after playing just eight minutes, so while he was more effective in this one, he still didn't play well. He isn't a great free throw shooter (72.9% this season), but he is now 2-of-8 over their last three games. He has played well overall since moving into the starting unit, but with Karl-Anthony Towns targeting a return on either Friday or Sunday, Reid will be back to a reserve role soon. He is still a valuable player in dynasty formats, but he may see a reduced role in their final two games.
Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert records 13/15 double-double vs. Denver
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 6:49 PM
Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double on Wednesday with 13 points (6-of-7 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs), 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block against Denver.
Analysis: Though it wasn't enough to get the win, Gobert had another monster night on the glass. This was his third straight game with at least 15 rebounds and his fourth in their last five. Gobert's dominance on the defensive end has been pivotal in helping Minnesota be one of the top teams in the West, and he is the betting favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year. They'll host Atlanta on Friday before closing the regular season against the Suns on Sunday. Minnesota is still in contention for the top spot in the West, though this loss will severely limit their chances.
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards scores team-high 25 in loss to DEN
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 6:38 PM
Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 25 points (9-of-18 FGs), two rebounds, four assists and two triples in a 116-107 loss to Denver on Wednesday.
Analysis: Edwards wasn't able to get anywhere close to matching his 51-point performance from Tuesday night, but he was still able to turn in a solid line, even if Minnesota wasn't able to get the win. Edwards didn't have a bad night, but he didn't have the dominant performance that superstars are expected to have in big games. With the loss, Minnesota is tied with the Thunder for second in the West, though OKC holds the tiebreaker. They'll return home for their final two games of the regular season, and they could still ascend the standings if they win out. However, they no longer control their own destiny for the top seed.

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