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Report: Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones has inflammation in his foot, MRI returned negative

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones has sustained inflammation in his right foot, as earlier MRI results returned negative, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Jones’ last-minute injury was the one that set the stage for Derrick Rose’s 50-point outing against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, given that Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler missed the game as well.

News of Tyus Jones’ absence didn’t come around until after tip-off, as Rose had been already announced in the starting lineup before the MRI results came out.

The Timberwolves are now frail at the point guard position, but could use Rose for the time being, hoping he can ride the wave from a career-high game if Teague and Jones are to miss additional time.

Neither Teague’s knee soreness nor Jones’ foot inflammation are expected to keep them out for a long stretch, likely pushing Rose back to his regular time allotment in the high 20s after playing a season-high 41 minutes Wednesday night.

While Tyus Jones is Teague’s direct backup, he has seen a shadow under 20 minutes per game thus far this season, still struggling to shoot the ball from the field (34 percent) despite being one of their best perimeter options at a crisp 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.