The Wolves Beat
Those who knew Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler long ago are having their allegiances tested now that the pride of Tomball, Tex., is playing the Houston Rockets tonight in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series.
Wolves veteran guard Jeff Teague said his team must get All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns more touches and easy baskets in Game 2 after nine shots and eight points Sunday.
Wolves veteran forward Taj Gibson played through the pain of a neck injury to beat Denver Wednesday and will do it again in playoff opener against the Rockets.
Tonight's game is only the third time since the current playoff format started in 1983-84 that two teams meet on the regular season's final day for a playoff spot.
Timberwolves veteran Taj Gibson practiced "a little" Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday night's game against Denver that will decide which team makes the NBA playoffs.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked after today's morning shootaround how the team – the young players in particular – are handling the pressure.
NBA Two-Minute Report says Karl-Anthony Towns did foul Denver's Jamal Murray Thursday in Denver, a violation that fouled Towns out of the crucial game with 1:46 left.
The official 12-player team that will play in the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 Olympic games will likely come from this group of players.
Saying he won't decide until after he warms up, Wolves star Jimmy Butler also said this morning "I feel like I'm ready to get out there with my guys."
The Wolves and Nuggets meet tonight in Denver, and the Nuggets have a chance to tie the Wolves in the standings and get into playoff position.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose as well as Utah's Ricky Rubio all are questionable for tonight's game with playoff spots on the line.
The veteran guard took another step after having knee surgery on Feb. 25 to repair torn meniscus issues. When will he be ready for game action?
Point guard Jeff Teague played all but six minutes on Monday night's loss to Memphis, one of four starters to play 39 minutes or more in that game.
The Timberwolves point guard had some emotional investment in both games, especially with younger brother Tre playing for Apple Valley and headed for Duke.
The Timberwolves are bringing back Justin Patton, Anthony Brown and Amile Jefferson to NBA now that their G League season has ended.
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns and Loyola of Chicago's Marques Townes took different paths to feature roles in March Madness after playing together in high school..
A game behind fifth-place Spurs in West, the eighth-place Timberwolves lead the L.A. Clippers and Denver by two games in pursuit of the final playoff spot.
San Antonio All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard hasn't played since January because of a quadriceps injury.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau on his new three-guard look with Tyus Jones, Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford together: "I like the idea of what they can do."
Defending NBA champions will play without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and three others against Wolves this afternoon at Target Center.