Minnesota Timberwolves Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Butler was a limited participant in Sunday's practice due to a sore back, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Butler likely picked up the injury during Saturday's game against the Suns and it's now giving him enough discomfort to keep him limited in practice. Coach Tom Thibodeau admitted that it could make Butler questionable for Monday's matchup against the Trail Blazers, so continue to keep an eye on his status over the next 24 hours. Look for Butler to test out the injury during morning shootaround, but if he can't play, that would likely mean more minutes for the likes of Jamal Crawford and Shabazz Muhammad. Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns would also likely see an increase in usage and take on more of the offensive burden.
News: Gibson scored 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 40 minutes in Saturday's 108-106 loss to Phoenix.
Impact: Gibson's 10 rebounds against Phoenix capped off a seven game stretch in which the forward is averaging 11.0 points and 9.2 rebounds. Gibson has been a solid performer on the boards with an average of 8.4 rebounds this season. Averaging a career-high 33.4 minutes, Gibson should have more opportunities to add to his rebounding totals moving forward.
News: Towns scored 28 points (7-17 FG, 4-7 3PT, 10-12 FT) to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 39 minutes in Saturday's 108-106 loss to Phoenix.
Impact: Over his last five games, Towns is averaging an impressive 25.2 points and 13.0 rebounds. The Minnesota center has scored 20-plus in four of his last five games and has collected at least 10 rebounds in nine of his last ten games. From a scoring standpoint, Saturday's 28 points were the result of Towns' tying a season-high with four three-pointers and a season-high 10 made free throws. From beyond the arc, Towns has improved to the tune of a career-high 37.6 percent on 6.3 shots per game.
News: Tyus Jones scored 10 points Saturday on 3-of-3 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Jones did not grab a rebound but had an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -8 in his 13:03 of playing time. He tacked on three steals. Jones went 2 of 2 from behind the arc.
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News: Jeff Teague scored 17 points Saturday, going 8 of 14 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Teague grabbed one rebound and had eight assists, tallying a plus-minus of +6 in his 34:57 on the floor. He added three blocks and one steal. Teague went 1 of 3 from behind the arc.
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News: Jimmy Butler scored 10 points Saturday, going 5 of 18 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Butler grabbed six rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +10 in his 36:31 of playing time. He added three steals.
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News: Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points Saturday on 5-of-16 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Wiggins pulled down one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 36:31 on the floor. He added one block and three steals. Wiggins went 1 of 6 from behind the arc.
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News: Taj Gibson scored 18 points Saturday, going 8 of 14 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Gibson pulled down 10 rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 40:13 on the floor. He added two blocks.
Impact: Gibson notched his 12th double-double and played 40 minutes for the second time in three games. In the six games Gibson has played at least 39 minutes, he's averaged 16.7 points on 59.4 percent shooting and 10.5 rebounds.
News: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points Saturday, going 7 of 17 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Towns pulled down 11 rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +13 in his 40:06 on the floor. He added one block and two steals. Towns went 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Impact: Towns notched his league-leading 24th double-double and his fifth straight. He's averaged 25.2 points on 55.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in that span with 12 steals and 13 blocks.
News: Gorgui Dieng scored two points Saturday, going 1 of 4 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Dieng grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -17 in his 15:35 of playing time. He added one block and one steal.
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News: Jamal Crawford scored six points Saturday, going 2 of 7 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Crawford did not grab a rebound but had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -17 in his 17:30 on the floor. Crawford went 1 of 4 from 3-point range.
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News: Marcus Georges-Hunt scored two points Saturday, going 1 of 2 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Phoenix Suns 108-106. Georges-Hunt did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 5:34 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.
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