Wolves' Butler unsure if he'll play Wednesday vs. Lakers
From NBA media reports
The Minnesota Timberwolves got a solid night out of Jimmy Butler in Monday’s loss to the LA Clippers. Whether or not Butler will play in the Wolves’ next game remains unclear.
Butler scored 20 points in a 120-109 loss last night, and after the game he wasn’t certain about his status for Wednesday’s road game against the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 ET, ESPN). Butler has been plagued by “general soreness” all season, which has caused him to miss three games for precautionary rest.
Last night’s game vs. the Clippers was Butler’s first he had 21 points in a 116-99 road loss to the Golden State Warriors last Friday. Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has more on Butler’s outlook for Wednesday night:
Butler wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to play as he tries to maintain a regimen of precautionary rest to deal with the “general soreness” that has been plaguing him.
“I’m still taking in how we just lost,” Butler said. “I’m not even worried about tomorrow or the day after that.”
Later in his interview session, Butler was asked about his pain tolerance, and how he determines when he might play and how much pain he has to be in to not play in a game. “What did I tell you the first question, when you asked me that?” He then added: “Same answer. Rewind it and find the answer I said the first time.”
Then later, Butler was asked about how he is trying not to let his trade request and the issues with his body influence how he plays when he does take the court. He said he was able to not let any noise or distraction spill over into his game. “I play basketball, I play to win … That’s my job. I’m not worried about nothing, none of that,” Butler said. “You continue to ask those questions, but it’s not going to change the way I go about the game, not going to change the way I interact with guys in this locker room.”
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This season, Butler leads the Wolves in scoring (22 points per game) and steals (2.4 steals per game) and ranks second on the team in blocks (1.1 blocks per game). Minnesota fell to 0-6 on the road after last night’s loss to the Clippers and, overall, the Wolves have lost their last three road games by an average of 19.3 points.
Minnesota concludes its five-game road trip on Friday against the Sacramento Kings (10 ET, NBA League Pass).