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Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins out vs. Rockets on Wednesday

Andrew Wiggins

The Minnesota Timberwolves will again be without Andrew Wiggins when they take the floor Wednesday versus the Houston Rockets.

Wiggins was able to participate in shootaround earlier in the day, but head coach Ryan Saunders confirmed prior to tip-off that the team was going to hold Wiggins back for the second straight game.

With Wiggins joining Robert Covington on the bench, the duo of Josh Okogie and Luol Deng will again be tasked with logging hefty minutes totals on the wing.

After missing just a single game during the first four years of his career, Wiggins is set to record his sixth absence of the season Wednesday.

He heads into the All-Star break averaging 17.9 points per game, while also on pace to set new career highs with 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. Where he has run into trouble is his shooting percentage, which sits at just 39.6 overall while firing up more than 16 shots on a nightly basis.

Wiggins is in the second year of a massive five-year contract extension with his team currently four games out of a playoff spot.

After a rocky start to the season with the Jimmy Butler fiasco surrounding the roster, Wiggins has taken the brunt of the criticism from a fan base which also saw head coach Tim Thibodeau removed in January.

With Wednesday serving as Minnesota’s final game prior to the All-Star break, Wiggins will have a little over a week to recover before his team’s next match-up, which comes Feb. 22 against the New York Knicks.