Timberwolves will play Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague out vs. Warriors
Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler will suit up today to take on the Golden State Warriors, according to radio voice Alan Horton. Starting point guard Jeff Teague will miss tonight’s game, but backup Tyus Jones is set to be available off the bench.
There was some uncertainty on Butler’s availability after an early report suggested his absence against the Utah Jazz was part of a six-week process to find his way out of the Twin Cities. A counter-report and later a Butler interview cleared up his decision to miss the game with general soreness, citing the need for extra rest after playing several straight games with no training camp to get ready for the toll of the season.
The Wolves pulled out a massive win against the Jazz, thanks to Derrick Rose’s 50-point explosion — one that is believed to have boosted morale in the locker room, despite the endless rumors surrounding the team.
Minnesota will need all the help possible against a Golden State Warriors team that has started this season with guns blazing, holding the best record in the league at 8-1.
Jimmy Butler returning will give this team a much-needed defensive boost, while Jones is bound to get extra minutes due to Jeff Teague being injured. Rose will be switching between the off-guard position and the primary ball-handler.
The Timberwolves hope to go above the .500 mark for the first time this season and ride their momentum with a win on the road against the defensive champions. The game will air on ESPN as the second part of a Friday doubleheader.