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When asked about what needs to be fixed about his team's defense, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau gave a succinct two-word answer. "A lot," Thibodeau told reporters after Saturday's 140-136 loss in Dallas when Jimmy Butler sat out to rest. Butler is expected to play Monday and the Timberwolves hope to start getting some improved defense when they host the Indiana Pacers.
Jimmy Butler is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, largely for reasons that are beyond the capacity of most rational NBA fans.
Butler continues to play with a team as they enter the beginning part of the season, although owner Glen Taylor
Even before his team went out Saturday night and surrendered a franchise-record 46 first-quarter points to the Jimmy Butler-less Minnesota Timberwolves, of all teams, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a message for all NBA fans. Get used to it. Not just in Dallas, but throughout the NBA. Indeed, the first
Last season the NBA leaned in on teams resting players, particularly in high-profile, televised games. The NBA built in rest before those games to help, and teams mostly played along, but players who teams wanted to be cautious with still got their rest. The rest is starting early this season — Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Boston’s Gordon Hayward, and Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler are all out Saturday night on the second night of back-to-backs.
A trio of former All-Stars will be inactive on Saturday night, with all three sitting out for either rest or injury rehabilitation. Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard will rest against the Wizards per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, while his opponent from Friday night, Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, is out against the Knicks due to "left ankle recovery" per the team. Leonard scored 31 points last night in the Raptors' 113-101 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.