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Shabazz Muhammad out at least two weeks with abdominal strain

Minnesota Timberwolves v Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee, WI - JANUARY 9: Shabazz Muhammad #15 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the game on January 9, 2015 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Shabazz Muhammad is having the best season of his career.

Even when things have gone terribly awry, they’ve worked out well.

But the Timberwolves wing will be out for a while.

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The 5-31 Timberwolves aren’t going anywhere in the Western Conference, anyway. With or without Muhammad, they can challenge the Knicks and 76ers for the No. 1 seed in the lottery.

Muhammad’s absence should mean an even larger offensive role for Andrew Wiggins. Chase Budinger, who replaced Muhammad in the starting lineup in Minnesota’s last game, doesn’t use nearly as many possessions when on the court as Muhammad.

This is an exciting time for Wiggins. The No. 1 pick has averaged 21 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers in his last 10 games. He’s really coming into his own after a rough start to the season.

This could be a setback for Muhammad’s development, but it also could be an opportunity for Andrew Wiggins to accelerate his.