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ST. PAUL—The Timberwolves found their best non-Jimmy Butler offense in the third quarter of their Tuesday night, March 22, win over the Clippers. It involves Jeff Teague ... lots and lots of Jeff Teague. Teague went 5 for 5 from the field for 10 points to go with four assists as the Wolves lit Los Angeles up for 36 points in that frame to pull away in an all-important game. Minnesota's offensive rating in the quarter was a staggering 147.5 points per 100 possessions, and it came with Teague dominating the ball.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Timberwolves have weathered what appeared to be a nasty storm. Facing a stretch of eight straight games against eight playoff contenders without their best player was a daunting task, yet Minnesota came out on the other side with three wins. It maintained its solid playoff positioning with an easier schedule ahead and may be better for the struggles it just survived. Things looked bleak when Minnesota lost three straight games for the first time this year. That's when the Wolves' playoff possibilities truly came into question for the first time.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jamal Crawford turns 38 years old on Tuesday, March 20, but don't expect him to go over the top with his birthday celebration. Aging isn't really Crawford's thing. The veteran Timberwolves guard has laughed in the face of Father Time for years. Just on Sunday, two days before a birthday few NBA players see during their professional careers, Crawford scored 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting while serving as one of the best players on the floor.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler will return to action "sooner rather than later," the Minnesota Timberwolves' All-NBA guard said Sunday, March 18. Butler, who has been out since suffering a torn meniscus against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 23, said he's "on the right track" with his recovery and expects to be back before a potential Timberwolves playoff run, though he didn't want to set a return date.
MINNEAPOLIS—There were times in the Minnesota Timberwolves' much-needed-109-103 victory over Golden State on Sunday, March 11, when it appeared as though the flip had switched for Andrew Wiggins. He challenged the Warriors' defense by getting into the paint and creating easy looks for himself. The result: 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting. It was the first time in awhile that Wiggins looked like the dangerous offensive weapon everyone knows he can be. And his approach seemed to have everything to do with it.
MINNEAPOLIS — Count Jeff Teague as a fan of Minnesota's signing of Derrick Rose. Teague doesn't seem to see Rose as point guard competition, but an asset to make his life easier. Teague said Rose is a "dynamic" player who can get to the lane and make plays. "Another guy who can create shots for others," Teague said. "(That's) something that we really don't do. We kind of take tough shots, so he can create more shot opportunities for other guys."
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.