Tom Thibodeau says Jimmy Butler (illness) should return to lineup tonight
NBA.com staff reports
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Barring an unforeseen circumstance, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ starting lineup should get its All-Star back tonight. Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said early Friday afternoon that swingman Jimmy Butler — who has missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory infection — is expected back in the lineup against Oklahoma City.
Thibs says barring setback Butler plays tonight
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 27, 2017
Jimmy practiced this morning T shoot, expected to play if no setbacks
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) October 27, 2017
Thibs says Jimmy Butler is feeling a lot better. He should be able to play tonight vs. Thunder. https://t.co/w150c0bbXQ
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 27, 2017
Jimmy Butler looks to be ready for tonight vs. Thunder. Been battling upper respiratory infection, missed last two games for T-Wolves. https://t.co/0CStVlGK9g
— Erik Horne (@ErikkHorne) October 27, 2017
Butler ranks third on the Wolves in scoring (13.3 points per game) and is off to a slow start to 2017-18, shooting 39.5 percent overall and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers. He has contributed in other ways as his offense comes around, averaging a four assists and a team-best two steals per game.