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Malik Beasley out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

Timberwolves guard will be sidelined after returning for four games following suspension.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley shoots the ball in the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Target Center.  David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves wing Malik Beasley returned from a 12-game suspension last month to take on a heavy workload but will now miss a large chunk of the season down the home stretch. Beasley suffered a grade 3 hamstring injury earlier this month and is set to miss 3-4 weeks while he recovers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Beasley is amid a career year and is averaging 19.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 39.9% from deep. He ranks second on the Timberwoles in minutes per game (32.8), so his absence could significantly affect his teammates.

Anthony Edwards has enjoyed a ton of freedom in the second half of the 2020-21 season and should continue to do so moving forward. The Georgia product has become the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year and will likely shoot a ton as the regular season comes to a close. D’Angelo Russell is returning to the Timberwolves on Monday for the first time since he suffered a knee injury in February, so he could absorb some of the shotmaking left by Beasley.