The Wolves Beat
Chris Hine covers the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Star Tribune.
The Wolves new players have uniform numbers - Robert Covington will wear 6, Jerryd Bayless 8 and Dario Saric 36 - but the trio will not see the court tonight at Target Center.
Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler said the Wolves need to learn how to criticize each other on the floor if they're going to improve.
The Wolves felt Tyson Chandler of the Lakers fouled Derrick Rose at the end of their 114-110 loss.
Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler, who has requested a trade, is still trying to get in game shape.
Jimmy Butler scored 20 points, 16 of those in the fourth quarter as the Wolves dropped their third straight game on their five-game road trip.
The Timberwolves had their second 30-point loss of the season on Sunday.
A game after Jimmy Butler said he is calling the shots on when he feels like his body can play, Butler has apparently decided Sunday is going to be a day of rest.
Guard Jimmy Butler said he makes the calls whether or not he's healthy enough to play in each game for the Timberwolves.
Jimmy Butler and Tyus Jones will play for the Wolves after missing Wednesday's game against the Jazz
Asked if Butler would accompany the team on its upcoming five-game road trip – one that starts Friday at Golden State – coach Tom Thibodeau acted as though he didn't know.
The Timberwolves looked like a different team Monday against the Lakers after the Bucks embarrassed them Friday.
Houston is reportedly renewing its push to trade for the Wolves' guard, while the team may be faced with playing undefeated Milwaukee tonight without Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins.
Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the floor Wednesday night against the Timberwolves.
Andrew Wiggins said his right quad contusion that cause him to leave Monday's game was not serious.
Rookie Josh Okogie got the start for the Timberwolves in place of Jimmy Butler on Saturday.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler won't play Saturday to have "precautionary rest," according to the team.
Jimmy Butler declined to talk this morning, saying he would speak after the game. But some teammates were asked how they thought he would respond to some potential booing.
Andrew Wiggins finished with 20 points, six rebounds and picked up the slack when Karl-Anthony Towns was in foul trouble for most of the second half.
Multiple Wolves players said the team suffered from a lack of intensity in the preseason and Jimmy Butler isn't going to let that be an excuse in the opener. "I think we'll bring it."
The Timberwolves point guard and Apple Valley native said he would like to stay in Minnesota.