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An announced sellout crowd at Target Center booed Jimmy Butler during introductions, then chanted "MVP!" after he scored 33 points in a 131-123 victory.
Rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop have watched the entire 48 minutes from the bench in the Wolves' first two games. No one should have been surprised.
Jimmy Butler has practiced only four times with his Wolves teammates this preseason and did not appear in a preseason game. He won't have a minutes limit Wednesday at San Antonio.
Timberwolves' starters and subs alike need to zero in on curbing good shots. Minnesota finished the preseason 29th in opponent field-goal percentage, 26th in three-point-shooting defense and last in points allowed.
Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop could make their NBA debuts on Wednesday in San Antonio.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Jimmy Butler to be in a Wolves uniform when the season opens. Butler, meanwhile, had a message for fans who may be displeased with him.
Friday's game vs. Oklahoma City at Target Center — the third of five on the preseason slate and the only one to be played in Minneapolis — featured a smattering of boos.
Less than 500 tickets remain for Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut. Tickets are being discounted as the Gophers take advantage of the buzz surrounding her hiring.
"It's nice to not have to do the sprints down and back," Lindsay Whalen said when asked the difference between being a player and a coach.
The office of the new women's basketball coach shows off past successes. She hopes keepsakes from future triumphs soon cover those walls.