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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
Robert Covington waved to the Philadelphia 76ers crowd on Tuesday

Three ex-76ers now with Wolves make emotional return to Philly

Tuesday was still a homecoming for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless
The Flyers' Nolan Patrick (19) scored against Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk with a nifty between-the-legs shot during the second period of Philadelphia's 7

Lowly Flyers unleash goal barrage; Dubnyk replaced in 7-4 Wild loss

Goalie Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 20 shots and there were plenty of other mistakes by a Wild team that lost another game to one of the NHL's weakest teams.
It didn’t take long for Jimmy Butler to become a hot-button topic, but his 76ers coach quickly defended him.

Sixers getting crash course in life with Jimmy Butler

The trade with Minnesota brought the Sixers someone who plays at an All-Star level, as well as a player who brings drama to your locker room thanks to his competitive nature.
Chuck Fletcher took over as Flyers general manager from a fired Ron Hextall on Dec. 5.

Fletcher keeping quiet before Wild faces his new team

Even Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure if he was going to get to see his former boss, Chuck Fletcher, before Monday's game against the Flyers.
Derrick Rose hit a three-point shot during the second half Friday.

Derrick Rose's playing time with Wolves likely to get more consistent under Ryan Saunders

The guard returned to action Friday after missing the previous six games because of an ankle injury.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, defends Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball g

Challenge for Saunders: Keeping Wiggins engaged in the game

Wolves coach Ryan Saunders stated what every Wolves fan has seen since Andrew Wiggins joined the team: "We always say an engaged Andrew Wiggins is a very good Andrew Wiggins."
Interim coach Ryan Saunders cited communication with the Wolves’ young core players as a strength Monday, his first day at the Timberwolves’ helm.

In emotional 24 hours, Saunders runs his first Wolves practice

The Wolves proceeded with the awkward but necessary business of moving on without former coach Tom Thibodeau and with 32-year-old Ryan Saunders in charge.
The Timberwolves fired coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau shortly after the team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-86 at Tar

Wolves fire coach Thibodeau; Saunders named interim

Owner Glen Taylor has named Ryan Saunders as the interim head coach. Scott Layden remains the general manager.
Wolves guard Jeff Teague slipped inside the Lakers defense for two of his 15 points in Minnesota's 108-86 victory at Target Center on Sunday.

Towns strong again in Wolves' thumping of Lakers

The Wolves center gets up from a hard fall to complete a line of 28 points and 18 rebounds in rout.
He’s averaging 14.5 points per game since joining the Wolves, but Robert Covington’s defensive presence has helped the team most.

Wolves in need of a strong, candid communicator

As the Timberwolves reach the midway point of the season 12th in the West, not only are the they losing Robert Covington's physical abilities, they're also losing one of their most valuable voices on the floor.
Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele passes the ball as he is pressured by Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday in Boston.

Shorthanded Wolves play role of punching bag in loss to Celtics

Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 59 points but it wasn't enough to compensate for three key players out of the lineup, and Boston feasted.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague reacts to an official's call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Tr

Covington, Rose, Teague all miss Wolves game at Boston

The Wolves already have been struggling to keep afloat in the Western Conference playoff race. Now they will have to do so without three of their main contributors. All three were out because of ankle injuries.
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns tried to get past New Orleans defenders Julius Randle (30) and Solomon Hill during the first half Monday night.

Wolves refuse to accept a Big Easy opportunity

New Orleans' three-point shooting more than made up for the absence of Anthony Davis to illness.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drove to the basket around Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor, a player some said the Wolves should draft over

Wolves' Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose again sidelined by ankle injuries

Tom Thibodeau said both point guards are day to day.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns goes to the basket as Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends during the first half

Karl, meet Kareem: Towns has historic game for Wolves in Miami

Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots Sunday in Miami, helping the Wolves to a road win. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1975, has put up similar numbers.
The Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, left, has not been shy about his thoughts on fans who boo.

Wiggins doesn't retreat on comments about Wolves fans

Andrew Wiggins on Sunday doubled back on his comments about some Wolves fans being good and some bad, but without the curse words.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins had some choice words - or word - for displeased fans.

Road trip comes at right time for Wolves, angry fans

After the Wolves lost to rebuilding Atlanta in overtime at Target Center on Friday, there was an airing of grievances on the part of fans and one player in particular, Andrew Wiggins.
Devan Dubnyk skated off to the Wild bench after getting pulled for Alex Stalock in the second period Thursday night at Chicago. Dubnyk gave up three g

Wild's winless streak hits five with 5-2 loss to Blackhawks

The Wild's 48 shots on goal couldn't produce the goals to get the team out of its December slump.
Wolves guard Derrick Rose, in his return to Chicago, drove past Bulls forward Justin Holiday. He scored a team-high 24 points as the Wolves hammered t

Rose scores 24 in return to Chicago as Wolves rout Bulls

The one-time MVP also handed out eight assists before an adoring crowd as the Wolves won their second consecutive road game.
Wolves forward (and Chicago-area native) Robert Covington (33) guarded Bulls guard Kris Dunn during the first quarter Wednesday at the United Center i

Chicago homecoming for Wolves extends to Covington as well

Growing up in Chicago, Covington attended games at United Center during the Bulls dynasty, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen winning the last three of their six NBA championships there.
Derrick Rose (25) was an MVP in Chicago before he was ravaged by injuries. Now with the Wolves, he’s starting to look once again like a game-changin

Wolves' Rose returns to Chicago a revised player

"I look at it as a regular game," Rose said of Wednesday's game in his hometown against his former team, the Bulls. "By nature, I'm just a hooper."
The Timberwolves had a team outing at Topgolf in Oklahoma City on Saturday. The next night they beat the Thunder.

How ugly golf helped the struggling Wolves play beautiful basketball

After their 114-112 victory over the Thunder on Sunday night, players said the previous night's outing in Oklahoma City had been an important one for team bonding.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, tries to get the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, right, in the first half

Lucky 13: Wolves finally win on road against Western foe after going 0-12

The Wolves used a third-quarter rally to push past Oklahoma City behind 30 points and six rebounds from Andrew Wiggins, who scored 15 of them in the first quarter.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, goes up to shoot over Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, right, in the first half of a

Towns tries to regain his three-point stroke after streak busted

Karl-Anthony Towns from three-point range came after he hit at least one three-pointer in 30 consecutive games to start the season.
Point guards Jeff Teague, left, and Derrick Rose could both miss Sunday's game in Oklahoma City vs. the Thunder.

Injuries leave Wolves thin at point guard vs. Thunder

Rose was limited in practice Saturday and is questionable vs. Oklahoma City. Teague is expected to miss another week (ankle), which means the Wolves could be without both as they try to rebound from losing six of seven.
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns

As Wolves prep for Thunder, Towns works to right cold streak on threes

Just how bad is it for the Timberwolves star? Karl-Anthony Towns is only 10-for-30 from the field in his past two games and is 1-for-12 from three-point range.
Jeff Teague earlier this month at Portland.

Wolves' Jeff Teague to miss another seven to 10 days

Coach Tom Thibodeau said the point guard needs time to heal his injured ankle.
Wolves forward Taj Gibson reacted with frustation after being called for a foul during the second half at San Antonio.

Wolves fall to 0-12 on road vs. West with blowout loss to Spurs

The Spurs shamelessly piled up three-pointers against the slumping Wolves defense.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns drives to the basket as Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the first half

Wolves still come up empty on road against lowly Suns

Few things this season have gone according to plan for the Wolves, who after Saturday lost to go winless on another long roadtrip. Minnesota is 0-11 on the road in the West this season.
Timberwolves forward Dario Saric drives to the basket as the Suns' Josh Jackson defends during the first half

Gibson's absence promotes Saric into Wolves starting lineup

Taj Gibson didn't play for the Timberwolves on Saturday night, as he left the team to deal with a personal matter.
Anthony Tolliver works hard on business pursuits such as real estate and apparel, as well as managing an NBA career with the Timberwolves.

Tolliver maintains an active entrepreneurial side off the court

The Timberwolves' Anthony Tolliver has grown an expanding entrepreneurial base by flipping houses and partnering in other businesses such as sports apparel and fitness.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns battled for a rebound with Charlotte center Cody Zeller

Defeating double trouble: Added attention on Towns a new challenge

Karl-Anthony Towns, who had four assists Wednesday night, said when he faces a double-team, he trusts his teammates are going to be in position to make a play.
Kings guard Buddy Hield goes to the basket between the Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) and Robert Covington (33) during the second half

Wolves defense disappears again as Kings run up 141 points

The last time the Wolves left Sacramento, Jimmy Butler was traded the next day. This time, they leave after a night when their defense was punctured with 19 three-pointers by the Kings.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins hit a three-pointer in a recent game against the Charlotte Hornets.

How many are too many three-pointers in the NBA?

NBA Insider: Teams continue to shoot more and more bombs.
Stephen Curry celebrates a score as theTimberwolves' Derrick Rose looked on in the second half

Curry, Warriors shoot their way past Wolves 116-108

The Warriors on Monday hit 19 of 43 three-point attempts as the Wolves fell to 0-9 against Western Conference opponents on the road.
Robert Covington

Covington returns for Wolves at Golden State

Robert Covington was back in the lineup Monday against the Warriors after missing Saturday's game at Portland because of right knee soreness.
Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie, filling in for Robert Covington, gave his all in his 26 minutes while chasing guard Damian Lillard and the Blazers on

Timberwolves' Josh Okogie well-prepared for 26-minute effort against Portland

Short-notice fill-in Josh Okogie stepped in capably in loss to Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, blocks the shot of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basket

Late push by Blazers too much for depleted Wolves in Portland

Despite a gutsy effort, the Wolves couldn't outlast Portland, which got clutch baskets in the final moments from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for a 113-105 victory.
Most of guard Tyus Jones’ stats are down this season, but the Wolves’ second unit has been more effective than in the past.

Wolves' Jones adjust to playing without the ball

Jones is playing about the same amount of minutes as last year — 17.9, but his offensive numbers are down in most categories.
Derrick Rose was all smiles after his Wolves won Wednesday and he scored 16 points on 8-for-15 shooting. He was held scoreless Monday.

Rockets' unique approach to Rose allowed other Wolves players to thrive

Houston earlier this week doubled Derrick Rose off screens and denied him the ball. That meant there were going to be opportunities for Rose's teammates.
Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points Monday on 6-for-11 shooting, marking the first time since Nov. 7 that he’s made more than 50 percent

Wolves, Wiggins get feeling he's 'back now'

Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting Monday, leading many around the organization to believe his improved play against the Rockets is a sign of things to come.

Timberwolves get first glance at improved Walker, Hornets

The Wolves on Wednesday will complete their four-game homestand before heading back on the road for seven of their next nine games.
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, congratulates Houston Rockets guard James Harden after his basket against the Denver Nuggets in the second hal

Wolves look to bounce back vs. up-and-down Rockets

The Rockets have been slow to start, but after dropping four straight games, the Rockets have won their past two.
The Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, drives around the Timberwolves Robert Covington during the first half Saturday.

Celtics end Wolves' run of recent success

The Wolves rallied from 14 points down but could not pick up a home court victory.
Derrick Rose.

Already an MVP, Rose has eyes on NBA Sixth Man Award

Derrick Rose is undergoing a career renaissance in his first full season with the Wolves and has led a revived second unit that is among the best benches in the NBA
DeMar DeRozan is defended by Dario Saric in the first quarter earlier this week.

Saric hoping to build new source of pride with Wolves

After the Jimmy Butler trade brought Dario Saric and Robert Covington here from Philadelphia, Saric had to pick up and reorganize his life. But it's something he has done before.
Josh Okogie dunks in the fourth quarter

Okogie, after being stuck on Wolves bench, makes most of playing time

With the Wolves cruising late in their 128-89 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday, rookie Josh Okogie got a chance to play 10 minutes — and he didn't waste it.
The arrival of Robert Covington in the Jimmy Butler trade has seen an immediate improvement to the much-maligned defense of the Timberwolves.

After Butler, Wolves improve on defense, while offense in flux

The Wolves are almost a completely different team since the trade — the differences in various statistical categories are striking, with perhaps the most glaring coming on defense.
Wolves forward Robert Covington put up a shot over Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. in the second half Monday night.

Covington teaches Wolves teammates a lesson in beating Cavs

Robert Covington continued to show all of the things he can do to help the Wolves, including how to recover from a 1-for-18 shooting performance in his previous game.
Andrew Wiggins took the ball to the basket against the Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson in the second half Monday.

Andrew Wiggins says he's not worried about shooting woes

He had a better performance against the Cavs, but again was not on the floor at the end of the game.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague worked his way toward the basket while being defended by Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono on Saturday.

Wolves string of games vs. East continues with Cleveland

The Wolves are fattening up on a favorable portion of their schedule with wins over mediocre Eastern Conference opponents.
Derrick Rose scored a game-high 25 points Friday in Brooklyn.

Early start time is Wolves' antidote to road woes

Tipping off several hours earlier than normal while in Brooklyn on Friday, Derrick Rose scored 25 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points for the Wolves, who had lost their first eight road games of the season.
Brooklyn guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday.

Towns overcomes foul-plagued start in Brooklyn

Despite three fouls, Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday stayed aggressive on the offensive end, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter
Opposing forces met on Sunday when the Memphis Grizzlies played slow-down with Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves.

NBA teams find another gear

With the occasional exception, the pace of play is on the rise.
The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, drives against Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum during the first half

Wolves reverse course, beat Portland 112-96

Twelve days after losing by 30 in Portland, and on a night dedicated to Prince with Kevin Garnett sitting courtside, the Wolves on Friday started quick and never let up for a third consecutive win on this five-game homestand.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver

Wolves' Tolliver says he won't cause a stir over sitting out

"Unfortunately there was not a lot of communication but at the end of the day I'm a professional," Anthony Tolliver said of his riding the bench vs. New Orleans and Portland.
Dario Saric, right, drives against the New Orleans Pelicans' Julius Randle in the first half on Wednesday

Learning by doing: Covington, Saric getting 'good help' from teammates

Strong work ethic in their first appearances Wednesday night by Robert Covington and Dario Saric eased the transition with Wolves.
Andrew Wiggins (22) follows through with a monster dunk after being fouled on the way to the basket late in the fourth quarter.

Wolves old and new combine to hold off Pelicans rally, win 107-100

It was a fine Timberwolves debut for Robert Covington and Dario Saric, combined with Karl-Anthony Towns getting off to a hot start and Andrew Wiggins stepping up with a huge dunk near the end.
With the arrival of Robert Covington, right, in the Jimmy Butler trade, the Wolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, likely will move back to playing guard.

Covington's arrival means Wiggins probably will move to guard

One advantage of playing at shooting guard, Wiggins said, was that he likely would see smaller defenders playing him.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Jimmy Butler in happier times, after a victory over Oklahoma City in October of 2017.

Owner Taylor: Butler 'had an agenda' Wolves had to work around

To Glen Taylor, the most glaring problems came later in games when he could see how the Jimmy Butler situation weighed on the team's young players, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Robert Covington cracked a smile while talking about a coat he was given as a gift by Karl Anthony-Towns upon his arrival earlier this week.

'A shocker.' Unlike Butler, new Wolves players didn't ask for this deal

It was hard to find a time when the new Wolves smiled during their press conference Tuesday. But Robert Covington, a defensive ace, talked about 'the new opportunity' in front of them.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau

Thibodeau says immediate help was priority in Butler trade

Tom Thibodeau said throughout the last two months while Jimmy Butler was still with the Wolves that he was waiting for the right deal to come along. "We wanted quality players," Thibodeau said.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler played 41 minutes Friday night in Sacramento, and was traded to Philadelphia on Saturday morning.

Breakup complete: Wolves send Butler to 76ers

The Wolves will get Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton. It ends a two-month drama, after Butler requested a trade before training camp began.
Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein gets around Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns for a shot during the second half Friday.

Wolves remain winless on the road after 121-110 defeat in Sacramento

The Wolves wasted a 39-point night from Karl-Anthony Towns while the Kings had all five starters in double figures, led by Willie Cauley-Stein with 25
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler battles for position against Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first half Friday.

Wolves flexible about Butler's minutes

Jimmy Butler is averaging 35.6 minutes per game and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said a 35-minute limit is "about what we had talked about."
The Wolves’ Derrick Rose recently has put up some impressive stats, scoring 50 vs. Utah and making seven threes vs. the Lakers.

Rose resurrects career, improves his long-range shooting

Wolves guard Derrik Rose is hitting 46 percent of his three-pointers this season. "I shot probably 15,000 or 20,000 shots this summer," Rose said. "I changed my form. I changed everything."
Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose, left, and center Karl-Anthony Towns defend Wednesday at Staples Center

Wolves' record for three-pointers not enough as Lakers rebound late to win

The Wolves are the worst defensive rebounding team in the league, and it showed again and again in the final flurry of action in Wednesday's 114-110 loss.
Lonzo Ball steals the ball from the Timberwolves' Derrick Rose in the first quarter Wednesday at Staples Center

Wolves guard Rose taking cautious approach with injuries

Derrick Rose said that given his injury history, which includes multiple knee surgeries, he has to be cautious when evaluating whether or not he's going to try and play through pain.
Lakers guard Lance Stephenson grabbed Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ finger last month, as the NBA cracks down on clutching and holding in the le

Why all the points? 'Freedom of movement' brings change to NBA

NBA Insider: Freedom of movement means defenders can't grab or hold the player they are guarding, even if the player is stationary. It's been an adjustment and offense is flourishing.
Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie tried to pass while seated on the floor and under pressure from Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half

Clippers pull away late to send frustrated Wolves to defeat

The Wolves were frustrated with fouls called on them in the fourth quarter, helping the Clippers to stifle any chance of a Wolves comeback.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns fended off Lakers guard Lance Stephenson for a rebound in a late October game at Target Center.

Battles on the boards aren't going Wolves' way

The Wolves entered Monday with the worst defensive rebounding percentage in the league at .659.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, passes the ball to center Jusuf Nurkic, right, as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, rig

Wolves lose to Portland by 30 with Butler sitting out

Coach Tom Thibodeau has had to test his team's depth early and often this season, and on Sunday, it just couldn't keep up with the Trail Blazers.
Jimmy Butler

Butler sits out for the second time in three games

Butler sat out against the Trail Blazers, two days after he played against the Warriors and made clear after that game that he was calling the shots on whether he'd play.
The Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) drives the ball between Golden State Warriors' Jonas Jerebko, left, and Klay Thompson

Wolves fall flat in final quarter in loss to Warriors

The Wolves led 87-83 after three quarters but then the Warriors found an extra gear that the Wolves, and possibly nobody else in the NBA, has and won 116-99.
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, defends against the Timberwolves' Tyus Jones on Friday. Jones missed the Wolves' previous game.

Butler, Jones return to Wolves lineup against Warriors

While Jimmy Butler and Tyus Jones were back on the court Friday night, Wolves point guard Jeff Teague missed his second consecutive game because of a left knee bruise.
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