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Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023
Location: Minneapolis
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Chris Hine is the Timberwolves reporter at the Star Tribune.

Chris Hine was the Star Tribune's sports analytics reporter before taking over the Wolves beat, He previously spent eight years covering college sports and the Chicago Blackhawks for the Chicago Tribune. He is an amateur piano player and songwriter in his spare time and has an unhealthy obsession with the music of Carole King. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Recent content from Chris Hine
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) celebrates with Luguentz Dort, left, after Schroder hit a basket to force overtime

Wolves have lessons to learn from Friday's loss to Oklahoma City

Coach Ryan Saunders emphasized several things his young team could have done in the final seconds to beat Oklahoma City.
“AD is a better athlete. Karl is a better shooter,” Timberwolves assistant coach Kevin Hanson said of Anthony Davis, right, and Karl-Anthony Towns

From AD to KAT: Wolves assistant Hanson forms quick bond

The Timberwolves interviewed Kevin Hanson at Summer League in Las Vegas, and, with Anthony Davis gone to LA, Hanson agreed to leave New Orleans and help oversee Karl-Anthony Towns' progress in Minnesota.
Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Andrew Wiggins (22) of the Timberwolves question a call in the fourth quarter against the Nuggets on Nov. 10

Wolves stalwarts Wiggins, Towns are struck by injury bug

Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) was able to give it a go Friday against the Thunder while Andrew Wiggins (thumb) missed his fourth game of the season.
Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder shoots in front of Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie

Gone in a flash: Ahead with 1.1 seconds to play, Wolves lose in OT

The game unraveled from in a series of unfortunate events that left the Wolves stunned headed into overtime, and they couldn't recover in a 139-127 loss to Oklahoma City.
Dallas forward Luka Doncic tried to get past Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie for a shot in the second quarter.

One quarter empty: Wolves can't stop late-game rally by Dallas

For three quarters the Wolves had keep the most efficient offense in the NBA from operating at peak performance. The success didn't last, though.
Karl-Anthony Towns tried to snare the ball Nov. 29 at San Antonio, when the Wolves won 113-101 to improve to 7-2 on the road this season.

After last season's travel misery, Wolves winning away from home

Last season: An 0-5 road trip ended with Jimmy Butler traded. An 0-4 road trip helped end Tom Thibodeau's tenure. This season: The Wolves are 7-2 away from Target Center.
The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns drives against San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl during the first half

Timberwolves fend off foul trouble to win 113-101 in San Antonio

The Wolves won for the first time at the AT&T Center since April 17, 2013 and it came after Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington and Ryan Saunders all picked up third-quarter technical fouls.
Timberwolves forward Robert Covington celebrates a three-point basket with Jake Layman during a game against the Rockets earlier this month.

More corner threes? 'Lock in and make more of them.'

The Wolves were tied for third in the NBA entering Wednesday in overall three-point attempts at 39.5 per game. But they are 16th in corner threes at 7.1.
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague and coach Ryan Saunders came to a mutual agreement about Teague coming off the bench.

Teague OK with bench role: 'I always just want to be able to help'

To veteran point guard Jeff Teague, the distinction of being a starter doesn't mean much as it might to some players.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns filled up the stat sheet with 28 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists against the Hawks on Monday. He scored 1

Towns takes charge in second half as Wolves thump Hawks

The All-Star center finished two assists short of a triple-double, collecting 28 points and 13 rebounds. But he didn't have to carry the whole load.
Jordan Bell swatted away a shot by former Timberwolf Dario Saric, one of his two blocks Saturday against Phoenix. Bell also had three points and nine

Bell's play for Wolves vs. Suns was step in right direction

The former Warrior had three points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a season-high 17 minutes.
Timberwolves forward Keita Bates-Diop guards Phoenix forward Kelly Oubre Jr.

Shorthanded Wolves lose 100-98 to likewise shorthanded Phoenix

Karl-Anthony Towns tried to carry the Wolves with 31 points and 17 rebounds but his tying three-point attempt with 9.2 seconds remaining missed long.
Kelly Oubre Jr. fouls the Timberwolves' Keita Bates-Diop

G Leaguers find chance with Wolves amid injuries

Given the Wolves' personnel issues with five members of the rotation out for injury or personal reasons Saturday, coach Ryan Saunders had to look deep.
Wolves coach Ryan Saunders, left, uses some timeouts for strategy sessions with assistants such as offensive coordinator Pablo Prigioni, and others to

Saunders uses Wolves' timeouts to get players rested and reorganized

Ryan Saunders uses a few timeouts per game solely to steal some rest at opportune times for his players. This goes hand in hand with the analytical approach the Wolves are taking
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Treveon Graham (12) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson in the first half during a preseason NBA basketball

Wolves' Graham aims to keep shooting until his aim is right

Guard and his coach haven't lost confidence despite 18 percent three-point shooting.
Fans slapped hands with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) as he left the court Monday night. Towns had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Wolv

Timberwolves make late charge to win at Utah

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 points and grabs 13 rebounds to lead the fourth-quarter charge against the Jazz.
A calf injury, then a shoulder sprain have limited Wolves forward Jordan Bell's playing time since training camp, but he is now off the injury report

Wolves' Bell seeking more playing time after stint on injury report

The Wolves like forward Jordan Bell's defensive versatility and given the rigors of the NBA season, he is likely to find himself back in the rotation at some point.
Jake Layman has playing big at 6-8 in a small Wolves lineup.

Even with small lineup, rebounding remains a key to Wolves' success

The Wolves were 7-0 when outrebounding opponents before Saturday's loss.
Bradley Beal, center, shoots as the Timberwolves' Treveon Graham looks on in the first half

Minus Wiggins, Wolves stumble to 137-116 loss to Washington

Bradley Beal scored 44 points for the Wizards and Mo Wagner finished with 30 in the one-sided victory at Target Center.

Andrew Wiggins misses Friday's Timberwolves game; Saturday status unknown

Andrew Wiggins missed Friday's game against Washington as the Timberwolves swingman deals with a personal matter.Wiggins traveled to Toronto to be with family members…
“He hasn’t missed a beat,” coach Ryan Saunders said of No. 6 overall draft pick Jarrett Culver (23).

Wolves rookie Culver is coming of age in the NBA

Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 pick in the draft, has shown promise of becoming a consistent two-way threat.
The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, drives around San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray in the first half.

Crowd pleaser: Wiggins scores 30 in all-around winning effort over Spurs

Andrew Wiggins left to a standing ovation from a Target Center crowd that watched him put in 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, part of a complete Timberwolves effort over the Spurs.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague

Timberwolves get Teague back after missing four games with illness

Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said the Wolves missed Jeff Teague in the fourth quarter of close games as someone who could set the tone for the offense late in close games.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns drove past Pistons forward Thon Maker during the second half Monday.

After starting with a boom, Wolves hold off doom to beat Pistons

Detroit cut into a comfortable Wolves lead in the game's final minutes, but the Wolves showed some resolve in holding off the Pistons for a 120-114 victory.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said he didn’t think a performance like Sunday’s -- a 6-for-45 three-point shooting performance against the Nugge

Saunders not deterred by 6-for-45 three-point shooting vs. Nuggets

Wolves coach Ryan Saunders said he didn't think a performance like Sunday's would have a long-term effect on the Wolves' confidence.
Houston's Clint Capela dunked on Wednesday night surrounded by a Warriors fivesome of Jordan Poole (3), Willie Cauley-Stein (2), Eric Paschall (7), Gl

Wounded Warriors aren't immune to fast-paced changes in the NBA

Golden State comes to Target Center looking nothing like the team that has won the past five Western Conference championships.
Memphis guard Ja Morant handles the ball between Timberwolves forward Treveon Graham, right, and center Karl-Anthony Towns

Fast breaks and threes: Wolves defense shelled in 137-121 loss to Memphis

Karl-Anthony Towns cut off the first question of his postgame media scrum at the first mention of the word "defense." That was about all the Wolves cut off in their loss to the Grizzlies.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague

No point? Wolves without Teague, Napier in Memphis

Jeff Teague and Shabazz Napier missed Wednesday's game, with Teague not even making the trip because of an illness and Napier out because of a strained right hamstring. It meant the Wolves had to do some shuffling
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said former Wolves point guard Tyus Jones, 23, is “this great calming presence.”

Tyus Jones learns the business of basketball isn't everything

With his mother healthy, former Apple Valley star and Wolves point guard Tyus Jones is happy to reflect on his time in Minnesota.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague goes to the basket past Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13), forward Rui Hachimura (8), forward Davis Bertans

Can't go to Towns? Wolves use 'full-on team effort' to crush Washington

With Karl-Anthony Towns suspended for two games, the natural question was who would step up in his absence? Saturday night, it was everyone in a 131-109 victory over the Wizards.
Wolves President Gersson Rosas was the first Latino general manager in NBA history with the Mavericks in 2013.

Wolves boss Rosas committed to Latino causes

Gersson Rosas was invited to Capitol Hill by a friend of his, political consultant Larry Gonzalez, who works closely with lawmakers on the all-Democrat caucus.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns lies on the court after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the second half of an NB

Wolves' Towns, Sixers' Embiid each suspended two games for fighting

NBA Executive Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe citing their "continued escalation" during the incident as cause for suspending Karl-Anthony Towns and 76ers star Joel Embiid
Robert Covington was Joel Embiid's teammate before being traded to the Wolves in the Jimmy Butler deal.

Teammate vs. ex-teammate: Covington 'not surprised' by scuffle

The person with one of the most interesting perspectives on the Karl-Anthony Towns-Joel Embiid fight was Timberwolves forward Robert Covington.
Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, left, fights with the the Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns as Ben Simmons looks on in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo

Basketbrawl: Towns, Embiid ejected after second-half scuffle in Wolves loss to 76ers

Tempers boiled over in the third quarter, with Karl-Anthony Towns and 76ers star Joel Embiid shoving each other and falling to the floor in a mutual headlock. "It was bound to happen," Wolves forward Robert Covington said.
Wolves guard Shabazz Napier reacted after being called for traveling in the third quarter Sunday night at Target Center.

Wolves' Josh Okogie and Shabazz Napier providing big backup bursts

Josh Okogie was a rather monstrous plus-50 in the Wolves' first two games; Shabazz Napier was a plus-35.
Andrew Wiggins (22) is swarmed by teammates after his third straight 3-pointer against the Miami Heat in the second half on Sunday night.

Wiggins catches fire, scores 11 straight as Wolves remain undefeated

After missing his first 13 three-point shots of the season, Andrew Wiggins went on a spectacular scoring run in the closing minutes of the Wolves 116-109 victory over Miami.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster game for the Timberwolves with 37 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.

In an homage to Flip, Wolves roll to 2-0 with win in Charlotte

On the four-year anniversary of Flip Saunders' death, Karl-Anthony Towns led the charge as the Timberwolves overcame a slow start to clobber Charlotte 121-99.
Nets center DeAndre Jordan defended against second-year Wolves guard Josh Okogie on a shot during the first half of Wednesday night’s season opener

Okogie boldly takes on task at hand in Wolves season opener

Josh Okogie, a 2018 first-round pick, was tasked with stopping Kyrie Irving on the final play of Wednesday night's game.
Brooklyn's Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen, center, defend against Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half.

Timberwolves work overtime to beat Brooklyn on opening night

Karl-Anthony Towns stuffed the stat sheet with 36 points and 14 rebounds and Kyrie Irving missed a shot at the buzzer to give the Wolves a win.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders poses with players, from left: Jarrett Culver, Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Josh Oko

Wolves might not have as many shootarounds as before

As part of the Wolves' commitment to rest and recovery, the team opted not to have a shootaround Wednesday before their first game, and this could become more normal than not.
Timberwolves forward Robert Covington was a game changer on the court last season, but when an injury sidelined him he found himself a different perso

Asking for help: Wolves' Covington opens up and finds himself

Wolves forward Robert Covington needed something that would reverse the dark days during his recovery from a knee injury last season. He found it in a place where he never thought to look.
Jarrett Culver did not look like a rookie this preseason, hitting 41% from three-point range and playing good defense for the Wolves.

Five Timberwolves story lines to follow this NBA season

Just how effective will their new emphasis on three-point shooting and up-tempo offense be?
Anthony Davis

Five NBA story lines to watch this season

There's no clear-cut title favorite, with the volume of All-Star caliber players changing residences actually doing a lot for parity in the league.
Andrew Wiggins, center, is enjoying himself more. "But the joy has always been there. I’ve never been on the court not wanting to play,” he said.

Will happier Wiggins translate to a more efficient scorer for Wolves?

Andrew Wiggins admitted he wasn't having as much fun last season he did in other years. "But the joy has always been there. I've never been on the court not wanting to play."
The Minnesota Timberwolves Taj Gibson (67) sets a pick against the San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White (4) for teammate Jeff Teague (0) during the first

Teague will be challenged to lead a faster-paced Wolves offense

Playing fast has consequences, and one will be that players will get tired, no matter how well-conditioned they are.
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns drove past Milwaukee’s Donte DiVincenzo during the second half Thursday.

Where do Wolves stand? Not very high in preseason loss to Bucks

Andrew Wiggins did not look sharp with the regular season just ahead. The Wolves are hoping Thursday's 118-96 loss — another 22-point defeat — isn't foreboding of what's to come.
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague won't be running a play every time down the floor this season. The team doesn't want to become predicable as they

Wolves new offense? 'Kind of like random, pickup basketball'

Veteran point guard Jeff Teague described the Wolves offense with a term you don't often hear from professional basketball players.
Maccabi Haifa guard David Cohn tried to strip the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Napier (13) as he drove to the net in the second quar

Napier, Graham stand out in Wolves home exhibition victory

In their lone preseason home appearance, the Wolves beat Israel's Maccabi Haifa 131-101 at Target Center and perhaps revealed plans for newcomers Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Rookie Jarrett Culver, watching Wolves teammates play during NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas, says he realizes he has a lot to learn about playi

Wolves' Culver trying to get up to speed as NBA rookie

Jarrett Culver said he is still trying to master terminology on defense and realizing he has to talk more on that end of the floor than he did in college at Texas Tech.
Karl-Anthony Towns can dunk and work the post, but the Wolves want their big man to shoot more three-pointers in a modernized offense.

'Aggressive at all times,' Towns is ready to let it fly from downtown

The Wolves are making a concerted effort to shoot more three-pointers this season, and they are on track to do that after taking 39 of their 93 shots from beyond the arc Tuesday in the first look at their revamped offense.
Timberwolves rookie guard Jarrett Culver (23) shot over Suns forward Cameron Johnson during the first half of a preseason NBA game Tuesday. He scored

Wolves push the pace, still lose preseason opener to Suns

While rookie Jarrett Culver (pictured) got his first taste of NBA action, Karl-Anthony Towns was his usual effective self, collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Dario Saric (36)

Ex-Wolves forward Saric ready for another new start

Saric got a crash course in life in the NBA last season as he was traded twice within the span of a calendar year — once from Philadelphia to the Wolves in November as part of the Jimmy Butler deal and then again in June.
High-flying Josh Okogie went a million miles an hour in most situations last season, sometimes to his detriment.

Wolves' Okogie needs to look before he leaps

Second-year guard Josh Okogie says he will slow down and read the game better.
In his sixth NBA season, guard Shabazz Napier is playing for his fifth different team.

Opportunity knocks for new Wolves guard Napier

Shabazz Napier has a chance to replace the departed Tyus Jones as Jeff Teague's top backup at point guard.
Jordan Bell

Wolves urging Bell to rediscover his game

Jordan Bell, a Golden State second-round pick in 2017, has a championship ring, but he wants more out of his career. "This is a place I can build," he said of coming to Minnesota.
Jake Layman

Layman has chance to redeem Wolves' misses in free agency

In Jake Layman, the Wolves think they have found an intelligent, crafty player who can complement Karl-Anthony Towns' game.
Some Timberwolves players honored both Saunderses -- current coach Ryan, left, and former coach Flip, Ryan's father -- on the first day of practice by

As Saunders opens first Wolves camp, players pay tribute to father Flip

Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins wore a No. 14 practice jersey with "Saunders" on the back. That was Flip Saunders' number when he played for the U.
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague, 32, had never missed the playoffs in his career -- until last season.

Wolves point guard Teague is ready for fresh start

Injuries cost Jeff Teague 40 games and ultimately led to ankle surgery late in the season.
From left to right, Jarrett Culver, Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Josh Okogie posed for team photographer David Sherman on

Timberwolves are so happy together

The dramatically different atmosphere around the Timberwolves was on full display when the 2019-20 team gathered for the first time on Monday.
Timberwolves draft picks Jarrett Culver, left, Jaylen Nowell, and undrafted rookie Naz Reid

New-look Wolves raise questions as training camp begins

Here are some story lines to follow throughout Wolves training camp and into the season
Jarrett Culver (23) was the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft after the Wolves made a deal with Phoenix that will be made official next month.

Wolves add Texas Tech forward Culver after swapping picks with Phoenix

Dario Saric, who came to the team in the Jimmy Butler trade, will head to Phoenix as part of the deal; the Wolves obtained shooting guard Jarrett Culver, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year and led the Red Raiders into the NCAA title game.
Ryan Saunders

Q&A with Wolves coach Saunders: 'We want to be a committee of leaders'

A year ago, the Wolves opened training camp amid constant drama with Jimmy Butler's trade request — and Tom Thibodeau's reluctance to trade the angered star. The vibe is much different this season.
Young Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol says he wants to imitate Jose Berrios. The team, obviously, hopes he can.

Brusdar Graterol wants to follow in Jose Berrios' footsteps with Twins

The top Twins pitching propspect is adjusting well to his new role in the bullpen.
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz walked the dugout before Friday night's game against Kansas City.

Sitting on 399 home runs, Twins' Nelson Cruz doesn't think much about milestone

In anticipation of homer No. 400, the veteran slugger's mind and body are at ease.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders

Saunders pleased with Wolves' bonding efforts in offseason

Coach Ryan Saunders recently joined his team in the Bahamas for a camaraderie-building trip.
Wolves president Gersson Rosas

At the fair, Wolves boss Rosas addresses Wiggins' inconsistent play

The inconsistent play of Andrew Wiggins was a popular topic for Gersson Rosas to address Thursday at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Jimmy Butler was traded from the Wolves to Philadelphia before he ended up in Miami.

Jimmy Butler vs. the Wolves in home opener against Miami

Jimmy Butler will return to town with the Miami Heat when the Wolves play their first home game at Target Center on Oct. 27.
Jarrett Culver has begun the transition to life as a pro. “He’s addicted to getting better,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “He’s addict

Faith is 'everything' in the life of Wolves top draft pick Culver

Faith runs deep in Jarrett Culver's family. His father, Hiawatha, runs Rising Star Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, where Jarrett grew up and stayed to attend Texas Tech for two years.
Josh Okogie

Behind the curtain: Josh Okogie gets inside look at 'Inside the NBA'

Josh Okogie spent a day with a handful of other NBA players seeing how NBA TV and TNT put together their programming as part of the league's job shadowing program.
Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against the Wolves in February.

Wolves makeover: Revamped roster big on youth, built for speed

Gersson Rosas said he views the lineup as "a point guard, wings and fives," with the idea of forcing other teams to adapt to what the Wolves are doing.
The Timberwolves announced Tuesday night that they will not match the three-year, $28 million offer sheet point guard Tyus Jones received from the Mem

Goodbye, Tyus. Wolves won't match offer, Jones headed for Memphis

The Wolves tried to come up with a deal for the backup point guard and Apple Valley native as free agency began, but Memphis' offer would have put them up against the salary tax.
Wolves forward Keita Bates-Diop (left, defending against Denver's Paul Millsap in April) is trying to build off what he did last season, when he crack

Bates-Diop learning benefits of playing under control in NBA

It's evident when watching the Timberwolves in summer league that Keita Bates-Diop is among the most confident players on the floor. Can that translate in more success during the regular season?
Timberwolves rookie Jarrett Culver spoke with the media on his first official day with the team during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He reported

Too risky: Culver won't suit up for Wolves in Las Vegas summer league

Because the Wolves were not able to complete their draft-night trade with the Suns until Saturday, Culver was not allowed to participate in their summer league minicamp.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Thursday, Ma

Tyus Jones set to sign offer sheet from Grizzlies

Because Jones is a restricted free agent, the Wolves have two days to match Memphis' offer sheet.
Jarrett Culver

Top draft choice Culver joins Wolves in Vegas. 'I'm ready to work'

Gersson Rosas said over time he envisioned Jarrett Culver growing into a "primary playmaker," but he will be involved in the Wolves' offense right away.