• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Timberwolves' Zach LaVine to start at shooting guard, per coach

    Zach LaVine will begin the season as the Timberwolves' starting two-guard, Justin Termine of NBA Today on Sirius XM Radio reports.Interin Wolves coach Sam Mitchell appeared on Sirius Radio on Tuesday, telling the NBA Today that LaVine will begin the season in the starting lineup. This backs up reports from last week suggesting that LaVine was the favorite to get the starting nod. The second-year guard may be the best pure athlete in the NBA, but he's coming off of a season in which he posted an 11.3 PER, well below the league average of 15.0. The 20-year-old averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.7 minutes per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three. He was the beneficiary of injuries to Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, which provided the opportunity to log 40 starts. With Martin set to play a presumably integral role off the bench, it's unclear whether LaVine will see a significant jump in per-game minutes. That said, LaVine is capable of playing both guard spots, so he'll likely see time at point guard backing up Rubio in certain situations. Last season, 94 percent of LaVine's minutes came at the point guard spot, per Basketball-Reference.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine scores career-high 37 points

    Timberwolves point guard Zach LaVine scored a career-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting from the field, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range, in Minnesota's 110-101 loss to the Warriors Saturday. LaVine also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists in the contest. It was his 13th consecutive game scoring in double figures and third in his last six scoring at least 20 points.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    G Zach LaVine gets team-best 21 points in Timberwolves' defeat

    Guard Zach LaVine put up 21 points along with six assists and five rebounds but the Jazz were too much as the Timberwolves loss 104-84 on Monday. LaVine's 21 points led the Timberwolves in the lose.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    G Zach LaVine gets 27, hits game-winning FT's in Wolves' OT win

    Guard Zach LaVine poured in a game-high 27 points, including the winning free throws, to put the Timberwolves past the Jazz 106-104 in overtime. Two of LaVine's career-high 5 3-pointers came late in the 4th quarter to help force the overtime period. The rookie shot 7 of 19 from the floor including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.LaVine's 27 points are the most he's scored since posting 28 on Nov. 28.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Wolves' Zach LaVine hits four three-pointers in loss to Nets

    Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine hit four of his six three-point attempts during Monday night's 122-106 loss to the Nets. LaVine finished the game with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. He added three assists, two rebounds and one steal. This marked the first time since November that LaVine scored 20 points in a game. Teammate Kevin Martin scored a game-high 23 in the losing effort.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Wolves' Gary Neal will not play Monday at Houston

    Timberwolves guard Gary Neal said his ankle injury is too severe to be able to play in Monday's game at Houston, reports the Star-Tribune. Neal sprained his ankle at Sunday's practice. In 44 games, he is averaging 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Guard Zach LaVine could see his minutes increase with Neal out. The Timberwolves are 8-point underdogs.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Wolves' LaVine would choose himself over LeBron in Dunk Contest

    Fresh off winning the NBA's Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine was not shy in expressing confidence in his dunking ability. During an interview with ESPN's Sportcenter after the contest, LaVine said he'd pick himself over LeBron James in a dunk competition. "I never go against my own talent so I've got to say me," LaVine said. LaVine became the first player since Dwight Howard in 2009 to score two perfect scores during the dunk contest. Although LaVine expressed admiration for LeBron's skills, he still believes he'd come out on top. "I know LeBron's got some stuff that he ain't showed the world, either," LaVine said. "LeBron's one of the most freaky athletes of all time... But like I said, I'm a confident person."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Wolves rule Ricky Rubio out of Sunday's game at Detroit

    The Timberwolves announced guard Ricky Rubio has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Detroit. Rubio is making his way back from a severe ankle injury and has not been cleared to play in any back-to-back games. He is expected to be available for Monday's game against the Hawks. Guard Zach LaVine should see his role increase Sunday. The Timberwolves are 8-point underdogs to the Pistons.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Timberwolves' Mo Willams, Zach LaVine available Friday

    Timberwolves point guards Mo Williams and Zach LaVine are avaiable to play in Friday's game against the Grizzlies, the team announced. Williams was listed as questionable due to a hip injury. He missed three games at the end of January due to injury but has played in each of the team's last two games. LaVine was listed as probable Friday due to an ankle injury. He missed two games due to the issue and played just eight minutes in his return Wednesday. The Timberwolves are 8 1/2-point home underdogs Friday.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Wolves list Zach LaVine probable, Mo Williams questionable Friday

    The Timberwolves have listed guard Zach LaVine (ankle) probable, and Mo Williams (hip) questionable for Friday's game against Memphis, reports Star Tribune. LaVine was missed two games with the injury, and was cleared to play against Miami on Wednesday. The rookie was held scoreless in eight minutes of game action. He is averaging 8.0 points and 3.4 assists through his first 44 games in the NBA. Williams returned from a hip injury this week, scoring 15 in 27 minutes against the Mavericks and 10 points in 25 minutes against Miami. He is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest. Minnesota is a 7 1/2-point home underdog against Memphis.