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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.

Tenacious defense, McDaniels' anger spark Wolves to Game 2 win

Jaden McDaniels shoved Phoenix star Devin Booker during a second-quarter confrontation and then the Wolves pushed around the Suns for the rest of the night for a 105-93 win.

Quarter-by-quarter recap: How the Wolves rolled past Suns in Game 2

Jaden McDaniels led the way in another decisive playoff victory.

How did Wolves dominate Suns on the boards? With bigs and 'smalls.'

It's not just about Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid. The Wolves guards and wings were critical in controlling the glass.

Winning difference for Wolves in Game 1? It wasn't the starting lineup.

The starters were outscored by Phoenix in their 14 minutes on the floor together — and some didn't play their usual amount of minutes in the 25-point win. Who stepped up to take down the Suns?

It's all Edwards, all sparkle as Wolves dismantle Suns in Game 1

Anthony Edwards' big third quarter sparked the Wolves to a decisive victory over Phoenix in the playoff opener.

Wolves vs. Suns Game 1: Read the recap

Here's how Saturday's decisive victory at Target Center went down, the Wolves' first of the season vs. Phoenix.

Timberwolves defense would benefit from a better offense

The Suns are tough enough to beat without the Wolves having a lot of early turnovers.

Edwards cooks up the chemistry that keeps Wolves positive

One reason the Wolves have improved this season is because of how the players get along. Considering how the team looked at the end of last season, that's a big change.

Naz Reid's path to breakout stardom featured mentor unlike any other

"Nazy," as he's called by those closest to Naz Reid, is a top candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. His path to the Timberwolves included a second family in New Jersey, a 14-year-old car and a risk that brought great reward.

Suns scorch Wolves to sweep season series, set up playoff rematch

Losing to Phoenix dropped the Wolves to the No. 3 seed in the NBA West. Losing also set up a steep playoff challenge against a team that beat them by double-digits in all three games.