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Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023

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
Malik Monk of the Hornets made a shot while defended by the Timberwolves Jaylen Nowell

Timberwolves wrap up first half with blowout loss to Charlotte

Now losers of nine in a row, Minnesota on Wednesday night suffered yet another lopsided decision before taking a week off for the NBA All-Star break.
Timberwolves rookie Jaden McDaniels

Wolves rookie Jaden McDaniels relishes chance to share NBA court with brother

The first time the Wolves played the Hornets in Charlotte, Jalen McDaniels had just been recalled from the G-League. On Wednesday, he and Jaden were both in action.
Anthony Edwards

Edwards named to Rising Stars Team USA for All-Star weekend

The appointment to Team USA for Anthony Edwards is largely ceremonial, since there will be no Rising Stars Game at the All-Star weekend in Atlanta.
Though the Timberwolves are 0-4 under Chris Finch, the new coach says, “I’ve been around them enough [to know] that they definitely care.”

Finch looks to establish normalcy after emotional week for Wolves

Tuesday's practice, just his second since taking over as coach, was an attempt for Chris Finch to install a sense of normalcy along with some of his concepts.
The Suns’ Cameron Johnson and the Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns tussled for the ball in the second quarter Sunday.

New home, old result: Wolves blown out in Finch's first Target Center game

It can often feel like this Wolves season is going in a flat circle, one President Gersson Rosas has tasked new coach Chris Finch with breaking. The Wolves are 0-4 under him and now have lost eight straight.
Devin Booker (1) drives the ball past Ricky Rubio (9) in the first half.

Despondent Rubio questions Wolves rebuilding strategy after loss

After Sunday's loss, veteran Ricky Rubio wondered if trusting the process will work. "I kind of don't believe in that kind of system," he said.
Wolves guard Anthony Edwards drove against ther Suns’ Dario Saric in the first quarter Sunday.

Finch wants Edwards to go to hoop more

Entering Sunday, rookie guard Anthony Edwards had taken 42% of his shot attempts from three-point range.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been one of the team’s leading scorers this season.

Beasley gets 12-game suspension after guilty plea for gun violence threat

Malik Beasley's ban stems from a guilty plea after he aimed a rifle at a pregnant woman, her husband and their teenage daughter outside his home last fall.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarred Vanderbilt shoots past Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesd

Wolves stepping up the pace in Finch's first two games

A lot of possessions could be a good thing, but opponents are also benefiting from Minnesota's hurried style in the first two games under the new coach.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns looks to the basket against Bulls forward Patrick Williams during the second half Wednesday.

Wolves lose to Bulls in overtime with KAT watching from the bench

After Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out with 12 seconds left in regulation, Ricky Rubio sent the game to an overtime that the Bulls controlled.
Chicago Bulls forward Luke Kornet, left, and Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns battle for a loose ball during the first half

Not worth the energy, Towns says he's cutting down on arguing with refs

Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out Wednesday night in Chicago, but he hasn't been as demonstrative with officials this season. There's a reason for that.
Chris Finch had his first game as Wolves coach on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Wolves failed to include diverse coaching candidates, NBA coaches association says

The organization, headed by Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, believes minority candidates were excluded in the team's short search to replace Ryan Saunders.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jaylen Nowell of the Wolves go after a loose ball Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Timberwolves' second half schedule runs March 11-May 16

After an eight-day break, the team will start the remaining slate of games in New Orleans.
Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez blocks a shot by Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half Tuesday.

Wolves greet new coach by giving up season-worst 139 points in loss

Chris Finch's biggest takeaway from the Wolves' defensive effort against Milwaukee — a lack of physicality. "They didn't feel us all night," the new coach said.
Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch talks to Malik Beasley during the first half of Milwaukee’s win over the Wolves on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash

Rubio says coaching change timing 'a little weird'; Beasley praises Finch

The firing of Ryan Saunders and subsequent hiring of Chris Finch from Toronto's coaching staff at midseason doesn't have a lot of precedent in the NBA.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns says he's happy with Finch as new Timberwolves coach, but ...

Franchise centerpiece Karl-Anthony Towns made a few things clear Tuesday morning after the Wolves worked out before tonight's game in Milwaukee.
Chris Finch has never been a head coach in the NBA, but he took over coaching the Pelicans last season after Alvin Gentry was ejected. Finch served as

Wolves coaching change was quick — and also two years in the making

Wolves President Gersson Rosas said he made the decision to fire Ryan Saunders on Sunday. But his interest in Chris Finch as the top target to replace Saunders began much earlier.
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns put up a shot against the Knicks on Sunday night in New York.

Finch tells Karl-Anthony Towns he will be centerpiece of Wolves offense

The new coach called his star center, who reaffirmed his commitment to the franchise before Sunday's firing.
The Timberwolves fired coach Ryan Saunders after Sunday night’s loss to the New York Knicks.

Wolves fire Saunders after 7-24 start, Toronto assistant Finch takes over

The firing of Ryan Saunders, made after Sunday night's loss to New York, is a stunning turn of events for the trajectory of the Wolves franchise. Saunders is being replaced by Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch.
Naz Reid, left, of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks to shoot as Taj Gibson, right, of the New York Knicks defends during the first half of an NBA bask

Wolves' shortcomings show in 103-99 loss to Knicks

The second half of the Timberwolves' 103-99 loss to the Knicks encapsulated the overarching theme of their season in 24 minutes of basketball.
Wolves point guard Jordan McLaughlin worked against the defense of the Knicks’ Nerlens Noel and Elfrid Payton during the first half Sunday night in

Tom Thibodeau regains defensive touch in New York

The Timberwolves never showed the success on that end of the floor that the coach has had elsewhere.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau

Timberwolves working to overturn moves made by Tom Thibodeau

The current Knicks coach had a season of success in Minnesota, but his moves left the team struggling to recover.
The Wolves’ Naz Reid was defended by Domantas Sabonis of the Pacers on Wednesday.

Naz Reid playing well, with or without Towns alongside

There was a rare sighting on the floor in Wednesday's Timberwolves loss to the Pacers — Naz Reid and Karl-Anthony Towns playing together.
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunked the ball in the first quarter.

Close doesn't count. Game-winner just misses; Wolves lose to Pacers in OT.

A three-point try by Anthony Edwards at the end of the fourth quarter went in and out, sending the game into overtime and the Wolves to another defeat.
Karl-Anthony Towns was defended Wednesday by Domantas Sabonis of the Pacers

Still feeling pain, Towns keeps battling early-season wrist injury

Karl-Anthony Towns said he still hasn't recovered from a dislocated wrist that he suffered in the second game of the season.
Anthony Edwards

In film review, Wolves rookie Edwards gives thumbs up to Wade's moves

Anthony Edwards said he has been trying to learn some of Dwyane Wade's steps by watching film.
LeBron James (30 points) and Anthony Edwards (28) led their respective teams Tuesday night at Target Center.

Career-best game by Edwards isn't enough for Wolves against Lakers, LeBron

No. 1 draft pick Anthony Edwards was electrifying during the fourth quarter. His best effort of the season earned respect but not a victory, though.
D’Angelo Russell

Russell will have surgery, be lost to Wolves for 4-6 weeks

D'Angelo Russell has a 'loose body' in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday, and will miss at least a month.
D’Angelo Russell, left, and Karl-Anthony Towns have played together in just five games since Russell was traded to Minnesota last season.

Towns: 'Unfair' he and Russell haven't played more together

Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell have played only five games together in over a year, and now Russell is out at least four weeks
There are more openings for Wolves rookie guard Anthony Edwards, left, now that center Karl-Anthony Towns has returned from the COVID list.

Return of Towns has huge impact on Wolves No. 1 pick Edwards

Over the past three games, Anthony Edwards has looked more at ease playing off the Timberwolves' franchise center, specifically in the pick and roll.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures to teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, F

Timberwolves-L.A. Lakers game preview

The Lakers dismantled the Wolves 127-91 in Los Angeles on Dec. 27, but Karl-Anthony Towns missed that game because of a wrist injury.
Jordan McLaughlin (6) is congratulated by teammates Malik Beasley (5) and Anthony Edwards after his late free throws closed out the game.

Rubio has big game as Wolves end 17 years of road losses* to Toronto

After playing below expectations for most of the season, Ricky Rubio sparked a late run to beat the Raptors, who are playing in Florida because of Canada's pandemic travel rules.
Karl-Anthony Towns, left, and Malik Beasley have been an effective pairing for the Wolves since Towns’ return from a serious bout with COVID-19.

Towns, Beasley working well together for Wolves

Malik Beasley has thrived since Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the lineup.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) said his campaign for more playing time was not meant as a criticism of the coaching staff.

Beasley clarifies he isn't being critical of Wolves coaching staff

Guard Malik Beasley campaigned for more playing time Friday but said Sunday that he didn't want to "get my words mixed up."
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shot over Charlotte’s Bismack Biyombo on Friday.

Towns on emotional week of return: 'I'm just worried. It's not going to stop'

After a recent bout of COVID-19, Karl-Anthony Towns has tried to raise awareness as the NBA struggles in a new normal.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns 'spooked' by COVID concerns in Wolves loss to Charlotte

The Hornets on Friday were without three players because of COVID-19 protocols, a development that "spooked" the Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, in just his second game back from the virus. Charlotte beat Minnesota 120-114.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley drives to the basket against Charlotte

Beasley not shy about playing more minutes for Wolves

Following Friday night's loss in Charlotte, Malik Beasley took a question about his fitness level and turned it into a public campaign to get even more minutes.
From Huskies to Wolves: Nowell, McDaniels grow into NBA players

From Huskies to Wolves: Nowell, McDaniels grow into NBA players

Jaylen Nowell and Jaden McDaniels, a competitive pair, have elbowed their way into the Wolves' rotation, which is no surprise to their former coach at the University of Washington.
D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have only played five games together since Russell was acquired in a trade last February.

D'Angelo Russell not on Wolves road trip because of leg soreness

Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have still only played five games together since Russell came to Minnesota in last year's trade.
Karl-Anthony Towns provided a spark for the Wolves, returning after nearly a month.

Wolves lose in KAT's return from illness that 'caused a lot of scary nights'

Karl-Anthony Towns announced his re-entry to basketball after battling COVID with a quick putback dunk and a three-pointer. But the Wolves lost to the Clippers 119-112.
Towns rips NBA's plan for All-Star Game 'but what the hell do I know?'

Towns rips NBA's plan for All-Star Game 'but what the hell do I know?'

After playing 21 minutes in his first game back from COVID, Karl-Anthony Downs spoke out during an emotional meeting with the media.
Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the court Wednesday after nearly a month away dealing with COVID-19.

Towns returns to the court for Wolves after bout with COVID-19

The team's center has been sidelined because of COVID-19, and has played in only four games this season.
The Timberwolves’ Juancho Hernangomez missed 20 days while battling COVID-19. Hernangomez played nine minutes and scored five points in his first ga

Back from virus, Hernangomez trying to reclaim run with Wolves

Before Monday's return, Ryan Saunders said Juancho Hernangomez was healthy enough to play, but hinted he wasn't yet in the playing rotation.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (shown against Oklahoma City) scored 22 of his 30 points in the final nine minutes of the game against the Mavericks

Beasley catches fire in fourth quarter of Timberwolves loss

Guard had 22 points in the final nine minutes of the game against the Mavericks on Monday night.
Mavericks guard Luka Doncic shot over Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) and guard Malik Beasley (5) during the first half Monday night.

Timberwolves make a game of it vs. Mavericks after being crushed early

The Wolves managed to make the loss to Dallas close after a horrible start in which they fell behind by 21 points in the first quarter.
Karl-Anthony Towns appears closer to returning after going through several strenuous workouts.

Wolves' Towns sits again, but pushes in workout

Sidelined because of COVID-19, Karl-Anthony Towns has missed the past 12 games. He's been with the team on its current road trip.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell shoots a three-point basket over Oklahoma City guard Hamidou Diallo in the final seconds

Russell's late three-pointer gives Wolves rare happy ending vs. Thunder

D'Angelo Russell sank a game-winning three after the Wolves almost gave Friday night's game away in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City forward Darius Bazley (7) is defended by Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) in the first half of the Wolves’ win Friday. (AP Pho

McDaniels earns rave reviews again in Wolves win

Rookie Jaden McDaniels has impressed teammates and the coaching staff with his defense, and he was on the floor to close out Friday's win.
Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards

Going it alone suits Wolves rookie Edwards

Statistics back up Anthony Edwards' assertion that he doesn't operate one-on-one all that much. But when it happens, he's comfortable.
Ricky Rubio: “We’re learning how to be in games, close games, but now we have to close out games.”

Losing big early in season has hurt Wolves in close games, Rubio says

Ricky Rubio said all those blowouts the Timberwolves suffered at the beginning of the season haunted them in their 111-108 loss to San Antonio.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders talked to players during a timeout.

Saunders' iPad becomes newest teaching tool for Wolves coach

Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders hasn't used a whiteboard to draw up plays. Instead, Saunders has been using a tablet, and there are some analytical reasons for that.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game

Timberwolves again fall apart late, lose 111-108 to San Antonio

Ahead by 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Wolves went cold. "We stopped doing the things that got us the lead," coach Ryan Saunders said.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) shoots past Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the second half of the Wolves’ loss on Wednesday. (AP Ph

Russell wanted to be 'aggressive' late in Wolves loss to Spurs

Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell took most of the shots inside of five minutes. It's why he is earning a maximum contract and supposed to be one of the most dangerous offensive weapons.
Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels was on the bench to start the season but is among the players who have emerged while the Wolves have dealt with m

Wolves reserves showing their skills with increased playing time

Jaden McDaniels, Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Nowell and Jarred Vanderbilt have taken advantage of openings created by injuries and illnesses.
Anthony Edwards worked the ball up the court against Cleveland’s Darius Garland in the second half.

Edwards provides hope for future as Wolves stop Cavaliers

Rookie Anthony Edwards had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists, and his play turned around the game in the third quarter.
Timberwolves rookie forward Jaden McDaniels was thought to be a project, but he’s already contributing significant minutes and tenacious defense.

'Beast' McDaniels is earning minutes for Timberwolves

Rookie Jaden McDaniels was projected to take time to acclimate to the NBA, but he's already making an impact.
Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell (4), a second-round pick from 2019, shot 44% from three-point range for the Wolves’ G-League affiliate last season.

Timberwolves' Nowell is a work in progress

Jaylen Nowell played his first significant minutes of the season over the past two games — 16 against Golden State on Wednesday and 23 against Philadelphia on Friday.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) spoke with Malik Beasley (5) during a game earlier this month.

Restrictions are hindrance to Wolves' much-needed team bonding

Virtual contact not cutting it for a Wolves team craving off-the-court time to jell.
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio

Rubio keeps up a search for success in his return to Wolves

"I know who I am, but it's off," Ricky Rubio said about his game and career-low statistics.
Ricky Rubio is an unrestricted free agent after next season, how long will his return to Minnesota last?

Timberwolves mailbag: How long will the return of Ricky Rubio last?

Readers had questions about draft odds, Ricky Rubio's future and the Wolves' style of play.
Wolves center Naz Reid shoots on Golden State’s Kevon Looney on Wednesday night.

Timberwolves' Naz Reid: 'I hate midrange shots'

By buying into the team's shooting philosophy, Naz Reid has fit in well with the Wolves despite being an undrafted free agent in 2019.
Andrew Wiggins (22), Stephen Curry (30) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) watch a replay on the scoreboard with head coach Steve Kerr, middle top, against the

Draft pick from Wiggins-Russell trade looms over Wolves-Warriors games

The Wolves traded a top-three protected first-round pick to Golden State. By beating the Wolves during any game this season, the Warriors help ensure the Wolves' record stays among the worst in the NBA.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished Wednesday’s game with 16 points against the Wolves — 12 in the decisive third quarter.

Half on, half off: Golden State eventually takes over to again turn away Wolves

After halftime, Stephen Curry and the Warriors stopped messing around and ended the game against the undermanned Wolves in a 123-111 win in San Francisco.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, top, grabbed the ball from forward Kevon Looney and Wolves center Naz Reid during the second half Monday. Curry scored 3

Curry dashes any hope of comeback as Wolves fall to Golden State

If there was any doubt at the end, Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter.
Warriors (and former Timberwolves) forward Andrew Wiggins grabbed the ball in front of Wolves guard Jarrett Culver during the first half Monday.

Wiggins: Warriors have a 'positive' culture

Former Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins said he appreciates how his current team communicates with players.
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell missed Monday’s game against the Warriors because of a quad injury.

Russell missing Warriors game with injury wasn't part of Wolves' plans

Team needed to notify NBA well in advance of a planned rest day for the guard, but then the injury kept him out of Monday's game.
Andrew Wiggins is a complementary player with Golden State — rather than a centerpiece.

Andrew Wiggins sees 'no negativity' as he prepares to face the Wolves

He hasn't soured on his former club a year after he was traded to Golden State for D'Angelo Russell.
Gersson Rosas, president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, talked to newly acquired guard D’Angelo Russell before Saturday ni

Rosas on the current state of the Wolves: 'We should be further ahead.'

Wolves boss Gersson Rosas says his young team should be further along in its development, saying it lacks identity on both sides of the ball. "It's frustrating and it's disappointing," he said.
Only 24, Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell is already on his fourth NBA team.

NBA city to NBA city, it becomes a blur for Wolves guard Russell

After years of of never unpacking his bags no matter where he was living, perhaps D'Angelo Russell finally has found some firm footing with the Wolves.
The Wolves’ Naz Reid, at 6-9, appeared frozen while 6-1 Hawks guard Rajon Rondo slashed his way to the basket for a scoring attempt in the first hal

More of the same: Wolves continue to struggle, lose 116-98 to Atlanta

The Wolves are now 1-9 when they play without star center Karl-Anthony Towns. On Friday, Atlanta's Clint Capela finished with 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders argues with an official before receiving a technical during the second half

Rubio: Struggling Wolves could use a 'three-hour meeting'

After another Wolves loss, Ricky Rubio once again didn't hold back, saying the Wolves could benefit from a team meeting. But they can't have one because of COVID protocols.
Ricky Rubio attempted a shot vs. Denver on Jan. 3.

Rubio returns for Wolves, two others remain out under COVID-19 protocols

Ricky Rubio came off the bench in Friday's game against Atlanta. Juancho Hernangomez and Karl-Anthony Towns remained out
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders

Saunders dissects his own performance after rough Wolves loss

Ryan Saunders spent a major portion of his day-after media session answering for some of his decisions at the end of Wednesday's game against Orlando.
AP Photo • Todd Kirkland  Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Tony Snell (19) in the first half Monday.

As losses pile up, D'Angelo Russell stays positive

"You're not realizing how close we are when the result is loss-loss-loss," the Wolves point guard said.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) battles Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, J

Edwards learns the No. 1 pick is still reffed like a rookie

Following the Wolves' 108-97 loss at Atlanta on Monday, Anthony Edwards responded to a question about trying to snap out of a recent funk by saying he has been expecting to get more calls when he drives to the hoop.