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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #23

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 236
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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Tom Thibodeau confirmed that "general soreness" was the reason Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of the Wolves' season-ending loss on Wednesday.
Thibs added that "we saw how tough [Butler] is" to return at the end of the regular season just six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He should be ready to go for training camp and it will be interesting to see what changes the Wolves have in store -- Thibs mentioned that he liked playing Butler at the four with two point guards on the court, so we could see more small-ball lineups next season. Apr 30 - 2:20 PM

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Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of Wednesday's season-ending loss because of "knee soreness," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Butler returned from right knee surgery on Apr. 6 and had just three regular-season games to prepare for the playoffs. He finished the Wolves' 4-1 series loss with averages of 15.8 points, 1.6 triples, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and a mere 1.0 turnovers in 34.0 minutes. We'll assume the soreness is within the normal bounds for a player returning from surgery, but will keep an eye on him as Minnesota conducts exit interviews.
Apr 26 - 12:51 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points during a 121-105 Game 3 win over the Rockets on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

The Wolves are alive as they earn their first home playoff win since 2004. As for Butler, he did tweak his left ankle in the second quarter as he landed on someone's foot going for a rebound. Butler stayed in the game, but he did look a step slow to start the third quarter before really heating up later. Butler has described himself as one of the toughest in the NBA, so it would be a shock to see him have limitations on Monday. We have a series.
Apr 21 - 10:27 PM

Jimmy Butler, who returned from knee surgery earlier this month, is also dealing with a sore right wrist.

Butler hasn't performed up to expectations over the first two games of the series. He is averaging 12.0 points (on 41.5 percent shooting), 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.6 minutes. However, he refuses to discuss his injuries. "Nobody really cares if you're nicked up. If you put on that jersey and go out there and play, you've got to produce," said Butler. "You've got to do what they got you here to do. So 40, 50, 95, 100 [percent], I'm out there playing. Nobody cares if I'm nicked up or not."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 1:09 PM

Jimmy Butler didn't score in the first quarter on Sunday, finishing a tough loss in Houston with 13 points on 4-of-11 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, five boards, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

Butler returned from right knee surgery late in the regular season and said he felt "good" heading into this series. He also warmed up with a wrap around his right wrist, but dismissed questions about an injury, saying, "I don't know what you're talking about. [The wrap] is a good luck charm." Tom Thibodeau said Butler was "nicked up" but there's no suggestion he'll miss time, so expect to see him logging huge minutes for the duration of Minny's postseason run.
Apr 15 - 11:40 PM

Jimmy Butler warmed up for Sunday's Game 1 vs. Houston with a wrap on his right wrist.

Butler downplayed the significance of the wrap, calling it a "good luck charm," but it's something to keep an eye on throughout the game. Minnesota will need their four-time All-Star at his best to upset the No. 1 seed Rockets.
Apr 15 - 7:19 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "good" to begin Minnesota's opening-round playoff series vs. Houston.

"I feel good, well-rested to tell you the truth," Butler said. "I'm confident in myself and these group of guys. Everybody's locked in and focused." No matter what, the Wolves need Butler to be superhuman to stand a fighter's chance vs. the heavily-favored Rockets.
Apr 15 - 2:44 PM

Jimmy Butler helped the Wolves get to the playoffs with 31 points during a 112-106 overtime win against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

The 13-year streak of not making the playoffs is finally over as the Wolves were able to get in the playoffs in thrilling fashion. This game was the first time since 1997 that two teams were playing in a season finale that would put one team in the playoffs and send the other team home, and it's only the fifth time ever. As for Jimmy, his minutes were slightly dialed back in the first quarter, but that changed as the game went on. The Wolves could be dangerous in the playoffs, but they'll get the top-seeded Rockets.
Apr 11 - 11:43 PM

In his second game back from his knee injury, Jimmy Butler had 15 points in 23 minutes in Monday's 113-94 win over the Grizzlies.

The game was a little too close for comfort for most of the night, but the Wolves pulled away late with a 30-19 fourth quarter. If the Nuggets win on Monday night they will be tied with Minnesota for the No. 8 seed, so Butler may be asked to play 30 or more minutes in Wednesday's must-win game vs. the Nuggets. Butler finished 3-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line with three assists, two rebounds and three steals.
Apr 9 - 11:06 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) returned to the lineup in Friday's road game against the Lakers and he finished with 18 points over 23 minutes.

Butler didn't show any rust, hitting 7-of-10 from the field. The only thing fantasy owners can complain about might be his 4-of-8 showing at the free-throw line. He also hit four steals with two rebounds and an assist with just one turnover. The team obviously wanted him to get back and get his legs under him before what they hope will be a long playoff run.
Apr 7 - 1:31 AM

Jimmy Butler (knee) will play on Friday against the Lakers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau did add he'll have to go through warmups, but Butler is fully expected to be out there. It's the Wolves, so we probably won't get any additional info on restrictions, but he will probably play a bunch, assuming it's a close game. Nemanja Bjelica takes a massive hit.
Apr 6 - 9:07 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Friday against the Lakers.

In case you missed it, Butler is planning on playing, according to the great Marc Stein of the New York Times. He'll almost certainly be called a game-time decision, but it would be a surprise to see Butler sit out today.
Apr 6 - 3:41 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is planning to return to Minnesota’s lineup Friday night against the Lakers, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

He was available to play on Thursday, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he thought it was "best to wait another day" and keep Butler out against the Nuggets. The Wolves need this Friday game in a big way, and a loss could move them out of the top eight for the postseason. He could have some sort of restriction tonight, but Nemanja Bjelica will be losing minutes.
Apr 6 - 2:52 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) did not play on Thursday against the Nuggets.

The back-to-back set may have been a factor and playing in altitude may have also been part of it. Butler did also comment on it before the game, so it wasn't a lock that he would play. "We’ll see whenever I get out there," Butler said before the game. "See how I feel [before the game]. . . I want to know that I can go out there and play." He should have a good chance to play on Friday in a game the Wolves have to have.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 6 - 1:03 AM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is not listed with the starters on Thursday against the Nuggets.

It sounds like we'll be in the dark on this one right until tip. Butler is active, but you would think he would be in the starting lineup if he is going to play. Nemanja Bjelica is listed as the starter for this one. Stay tuned.
Apr 5 - 10:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
4Derrick Rose
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Amile Jefferson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich