On Friday, The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Houston Rockets 120-102. The Timberwolves lost one of their key players in the third quarter. The Timberwolves lost their All-Star guard Jimmy Butler in the third quarter.
Jimmy Butler drove to the basket for a short jumper. He missed the shot and went up for the rebound. As Butler landed, he pivoted and fell to the ground. While on the ground, he held his knee in pain. Butler could not put any weight on his leg, and helped off the court by teammates. Butler was tended to by Minnesota’s medical staff. He had an X-ray, but the results were inconclusive. However, the Timberwolves are still playing it safe.
Butler has an MRI scheduled for today. The Timberwolves play the Chicago Bulls, Butler’s former team, tonight. He is listed as out for tonight’s game.
Jimmy Butler is the Timberwolves leading scorer. He averages 22.2 points per game. Butler is an experienced veteran who has provided the young Timberwolves with leadership. The 28-year-old Butler has been in the league since 2011. His experience benefits the young Timberwolves team. The mix of veterans such as Jimmy Butler and future stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins helped the Timberwolves become one of the top Western teams.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 4th in the Western Conference. They currently have a record of 36-26. The Timberwolves have not received the results of Jimmy Butler’s MRI. The Timberwolves’ success could be potentially hindered if Butler is expected to miss significant time. It is difficult to lose a player for any team, especially now. All-Star weekend is over, and we are in the second half of the reason. The remaining season is crucial for playoff seeding. If Butler does not miss significant time, the Timberwolves can hold onto their 4th seed.
Butler’s injury could impact the rest of the Timberwolves’ season. If it is not severe, the Timberwolves can continue the success of their regular season, and go into the playoffs with confidence.