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MINNEAPOLIS—There were times in the Minnesota Timberwolves' much-needed-109-103 victory over Golden State on Sunday, March 11, when it appeared as though the flip had switched for Andrew Wiggins. He challenged the Warriors' defense by getting into the paint and creating easy looks for himself. The result: 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting. It was the first time in awhile that Wiggins looked like the dangerous offensive weapon everyone knows he can be. And his approach seemed to have everything to do with it.
MINNEAPOLIS — Count Jeff Teague as a fan of Minnesota's signing of Derrick Rose. Teague doesn't seem to see Rose as point guard competition, but an asset to make his life easier. Teague said Rose is a "dynamic" player who can get to the lane and make plays. "Another guy who can create shots for others," Teague said. "(That's) something that we really don't do. We kind of take tough shots, so he can create more shot opportunities for other guys."
MINNEAPOLIS—Signing Derrick Rose was never going to be a popular decision. But Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations, pulled the trigger anyway. On Thursday morning, Minnesota announced the signing of Rose, who will be with the team for the rest of the season. "We just thought he could help the team," Thibodeau said. "That's what our expectations are. Come in, be a good teammate and try to help us win." The move sparked a swarm of negative reactions on social media.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Signing Derrick Rose was never going to be a popular decision. But Tom Thibodeau, the Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations, pulled the trigger anyway. On Thursday morning, Minnesota announced the signing of Rose, who will be with the team through the remainder of the season.
MINNEAPOLIS—Andrew Wiggins knows his life changes when Jimmy Butler isn't on the floor. For one, it's on the Timberwolves' fourth-year forward to defend the other team's best player. And then there's the offensive side, where he's now the team's top perimeter weapon. "Guys are looking for me to score and create for them, so that's what I'm trying to do," Wiggins said. "I see the ball a lot more, I've got to be more aggressive, make decisions. It's kind of like my role last year a little bit."
MINNEAPOLIS — It was the wrong time for the Timberwolves to lose their best player. Trailing a hot Jazz team by eight points with 23 seconds to play in the first half in a raucous Vivint Smart Home Arena, and already without All-NBA guard Jimmy Butler, the Wolves needed Karl-Anthony Towns on the floor. But after scoring his 12th and 13th points on a shot from the block, he clamored for a foul call — one complaint too many, said referee Kane Fitzgerald.
MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Timberwolves were planning to handle this one for their injured teammate. Jimmy Butler was scheduled to meet Matthew Long from the Make-A-Wish foundation on Saturday night, Feb. 24, but that was set up before Butler suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. After receiving the news of the significant injury earlier Saturday, Butler couldn't be expected to fulfill this commitment, so the rest of the Wolves were going to step in. "We were all going to fill in for him," Jamal Crawford said.
HOUSTON — It looks like Jimmy Butler will be out of the Timberwolves' lineup for the foreseeable future. The Timberwolves announced Saturday that a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the All-NBA guard suffered a meniscal injury in his right knee during the third quarter of Minnesota's loss to Houston on Friday night, fEB. 23. It's likely a tear but Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau didn't want to get into specifics prior to Minnesota's game against Chicago, which Butler missed.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler enjoyed himself on all-star weekend in Los Angeles, his pseudo home turf where he resides in the offseason. "Great," he said when asked to describe the few days out West. "(Got) some rest, got to kick it with my guys, see some familiar faces on the all-star team. Another day in the life, I guess."
MINNEAPOLIS — There weren't many positives to pull out of the Timberwolves' home loss to Houston in the days leading up to the all-star break, the exception being the play of Minnesota's starting point guard. Jeff Teague finished with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds while taking 15 shots from the field. He was assertive but not selfish, a trademark of his successful career. After the game, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau summed up Teague's performance with one word: "terrific."