UPDATES & NEWS
Adreian Payne will play for the Wolves' summer league team.
Payne looked good at times this season and averaged 23.1 minutes per game with a few starting nods here and there. With Kevin Garnett being a million years old, the Timberwolves are hoping Payne's work over the summer will lead him to a potential starting role next season. Fantasy owners should keep him on the radar if that comes to fruition. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not join Spain for Olympic qualifying this summer.
Whether it's his choice or at the request of the Toimberwolves, it's a good move. When an NBA team is paying your salary and you spent the majority of this past season injured, there's no reason you should be playing in international tournaments. We understand the concept of civic pride, but when Spain starts paying a portion of Rubio's salary, then he can be free to do whatever he wants. Analysis: Howard Bender
Lou Williams was the NBA's Sixth Man Award winner.
The Sixth Man Award is always a joke, no more so than this season. Williams is a poor man's Jamal Crawford, and Crawford probably would have defended his title had he stayed healthy this season. Williams averaged 15.5 ppg this season, but he provides nothing for his real team or fantasy teams outside of scoring. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Al Horford (finger) is listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Horford was able to return for the last six minutes Sunday despite dislocating his finger. It would be a bit of a shock if he does not play Wednesday though the injury could affect his game. You may want to avoid him Wednesday for fantasy, but he will most likely be just fine. Pero Antic played 19 minutes Monday and he and Mike Scott would split most of the minutes at center if Horford is out. Of the two, Antic is the more attractive fantasy play. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday.
While Hinrich has shown a little bit of improvement with regard to his knee issue, he hasn't shown enough to trust him to play in Game 2. He'll take another couple of days here and will be re-evaluated shortly before Game 3. Aaron Brooks and Mike Dunleavy will see the minutes increase in his absence. Analysis: Howard Bender