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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 — 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."
MINNEAPOLIS—Justin Patton was up with the Timberwolves last week, but it was a temporary stay. Patton, Minnesota's first-round pick from the 2017 NBA Draft, and Amile Jefferson and Anthony Brown — who are on two-way contracts with the Timberwolves — joined the NBA club last week during a break in the G-League schedule. But at week's end, all were set to rejoin the Iowa Wolves.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns was the toast of the NBA during his rookie season. The revolutionary big man was the unanimous choice for the league's Rookie of the Year award after capturing all six Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards during the season. Surely, he was on the path to becoming one of the league's next great players. These were the first awards of many to come.
MINNEAPOLIS—It was only fitting that the Minnesota Timberwolves played in the very last NBA game prior to the all-star break. The NBA schedule makers ran the Wolves ragged through the first half of the season. Minnesota traditionally has the league's worst travel schedule, with the most miles logged thanks to its geographic location. And the miles and games have come particularly fast and furious this season.