Williams has averaged 19.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in his last eight games.
Williams is averaging 20.5 points and 10 boards over the last four games.
Williams had scored a total of six points in his previous two games.
He hasn't played more than 16 minutes in a game since Nov. 16. Not coincidentally, that is the last game Love missed with a broken right hand. Williams says he just keeps working in practice and staying ready. He says he has not requested a trade, even though his name has been the subject of trade rumors for much of the last six months.
Williams hadn't scored more than 15 points in any game this season.
Williams appeared in all 66 games for the Timberwolves as a rookie, averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The second overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Arizona finished fifth among rookies in rebounding and seventh in scoring last season.
His name was mentioned in possible deals while the Wolves were pursuing Lakers forward Pau Gasol. Now that the Wolves have turned their attention to Portland's Nicolas Batum, Williams has been taken off the table.
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