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Butler ‘this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Butler took part in five-on-five drills on Tuesday for the second straight day, Thibodeau said. This last stage of rehabilitation from the meniscus injury on Feb. 23 is about stamina, timing and taking contact.“You’ve got to trust Jimmy. That’s the main thing,” Thibodeau said. “You go step by step, do all the things that the medical people are asking him to do, but he’s the athlete. He knows. He’s been through this before in different situations. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Wolves visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. They host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The final regular- season game is on April 11 against the Nuggets.“You’ve got to risk it for the biscuit, and I’m ready to do that,” Butler said. “I want to be in the playoffs. I want to continue to play. I’m not saying I’m the only reason we’re going to make it. But I think the chances are a little bit higher if I’m out there.”The Wolves are 8-8 since Butler was hurt, in quite the fight to keep playing beyond next week. They hold tiebreakers against every other team that’s slotted fifth through 10th as of Tuesday, though two losses to Denver could give the Nuggets that edge.Far more problematic than the probabilities and scenarios for Minnesota is the lack of fire on display down the stretch, particularly on defense. The Wolves lost 121-97 at home to Utah on Sunday to let the Jazz move ahead of them into sixth place.“We’ve just got to get tougher. We’ve got to play like some dogs. Teams just do whatever they want against us. I don’t like it. But there ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody play hard. Ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody want it,” Butler said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star shooting guard, whose fearlessness with the ball and tenacity defending it has been badly missed by the team, told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he’s “this close” to being back on the court.Butler was a full participant in the workout, coach Tom Thibodeau said, and his surgically repaired right knee would be evaluated again on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Timberwolves play at Denver on Thursday, one of two matchups left with the Nuggets. They’re one of their primary competitors for the remaining playoff spots in the stacked Western Conference, where the fourth and eighth places were separated by two games entering the games on Tuesday. The Nuggets are ninth.“I’m going to wake up one day and be like, ’Let’s go play some ball,’” Butler said. “It’s just, when that day’s going to come, I don’t know.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves moves against David Nwaba #11 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise’s first postseason appearance in 14 years.Jimmy Butler might be back just in time.ADVERTISEMENT Canelo-Triple G rematch is off after Alvarez withdraws In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img

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