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Timberwolves G Andre Miller out for personal reasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andre Miller is away from the team for personal reasons and won't play in Saturday's preseason game.

He probably needs the preseason reps less than any other member of the T-Wolves' backcourt, and all indications are that he will be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

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Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio out Saturday against Bulls
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ricky Rubio (quad) did not participate in practice Friday and is out for Saturday's preseason game against the Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves PR reports.

Rubio has not participated in practice the majority of the week due to a strained right quad injury. Initially it appeared that Rubio would be ready to play by now, but the Timberwolves may just be taking precautionary measure to assure their star point-guard is ready to go when the regular season gets underway. Rubio will still make the trip to Canada with the team, but look for rookie Tyus Jones to get the start Saturday in Rubio's place.

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns Scores 18 points in preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with five rebounds, two blocked shots and three turnovers in 28 minutes in his preseason debut in Wednesday's loss to Oklahoma City. He was 8-of-12 from the field. "Karl did some good things, but you could see his youthful exuberance, going for pump fakes and things of that nature," coach Sam Mitchell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Towns started at center and led the T-Wolves in shot attempts, which is a good sign even if it's an early preseason game. He could be the focal point of Minnesota's offense even as a rookie.

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Tyus Jones Struggles in preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tyus Jones started at point guard but did not score and had four assists in 24 minutes in Wednesday's preseason loss to Oklahoma City.

Jones drew a tough matchup against Russell Westbrook in his preseason debut and struggled, going 0-for-5 from the field. Jones got the start as Ricky Rubio was held out of the game as he works his way back from ankle surgery. However, it's not likely Jones would start in place of Rubio if it were a regular season game as Andre Miller or Zach Levine would likely get the bulk of minutes at point guard. Jones should improve, but he'll likely have a smaller role off the bench initially.

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine Struggles in preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zach LaVine started at shooting guard in Wednesday's preseason loss to Oklahoma City, but was just 2-of-11 from the field in 29 minutes. Coach Sam Mitchell said he could live with the off night from his starting shooting guard. "Yeah, because we know the payoff. Zach still has a lot of learning to do and we understand we're asking a lot of him," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mitchell has said the starting shooting guard job is LaVine's to lose, but he didn't help himself Wednesday. Kevin Martin could win the starting or the bulk of minutes off the bench if LaVine continues to struggle with his shooting in the preseason.

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2014-15 Team Leaders
PPGAndrew Wiggins , SF16.9
RPGGorgui Dieng , C8.3
APGZach LaVine , PG3.6
FG%Andrew Wiggins , SF43.7
FT%Kevin Martin , SG88.1
BLOCKSGorgui Dieng , C126
STEALSAndrew Wiggins , SF86
MPGAndrew Wiggins , SF36.2
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