Dieng contributed 19 points (9-11 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 39 minutes in a 100-98 loss to the Thunder on Tuesday.
For one of the few times all season, Dieng actually finished second on the Timberwolves in scoring on the night, outpacing Andrew Wiggins (18 points), who typically serves as the second banana to Karl-Anthony Towns (26 points). Coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't shied away from handing Dieng significant playing time over the final stretch of the season, but Tuesday's performance aside, Dieng's production hasn't seen a noticeable spike. Over his last 13 games, he's averaging 10.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 36.5 minutes per game, numbers that are only a tinge better than his season marks.
Dieng managed 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal over 37 minutes in Sunday's 110-109 loss to the Lakers.
With Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combining for 48 shot attempts, Dieng wasn't very involved on the offensive end, but was very efficient with the opportunities he did have. It wast the 27-year-old's first double-digit scoring effort over the last five games and his ninth contest over the last 10 with at least one block.
Dieng mustered four points (1-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal over 39 minutes in Thursday's 105-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
On a night when teammates Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio combined for 62 shot attempts, Dieng was minimally involved on the offensive end. However, he was his typically productive self on the glass, and has now hauled in at least seven rebounds in seven straight contests. He continues to be a formidable impediment down low as well, as he's posted multiple blocks in six of the last eight games.
Dieng produced 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks across 42 minutes in a 119-104 win over the Lakers on Thursday.
It's only the 13th double-double of the season for Dieng, but his fantasy appeal has always been in his well-rounded contributions rather than his raw scoring and rebounding totals. That being said, with coach Tom Thibodeau ramping up Dieng's minutes of late, the big man has responded by elevating his scoring, as he's now hit double figures in points in four straight games, good for his longest streak since early January.
Dieng supplied 13 points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks over 35 minutes in Saturday's 112-100 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Despite the disappointing night overall for the T-Wolves, Dieng's full stat line was one of the more encouraging aspects. The 27-year-old played a team-high amount of minutes while posting his second consecutive double-digit scoring effort. Dieng also has multiple blocks in three of his last four games and has hauled in between seven and 10 rebounds in four of his last seven contests as well. Despite his role as a clear fourth option on the Minnesota offense, he continues to reward fantasy owners with diversified production across the stat sheet.
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