Butler’s scoring numbers have been down since joining the Wolves, but Jimmy G. Buckets made his presence felt this week. He scored a season-high 33 points Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers, willing the Wolves to a win and scoring 20 of their 24 fourth-quarter points. He was back at it Monday, scoring 30 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Minnesota Twins (➡ EVEN)
The baseball blogosphere might see the Twins as an ideal fit for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, but his camp reportedly sees things differently. Minnesota was among the teams eliminated by the two-way star’s camp over the weekend according to multiple reports. However, the Twins aren’t alone. The New York Yankees -- once considered the favorite to land Ohtani -- and the Boston Red Sox were among the first teams to fall, while only seven teams remain in the mix. However, Minnesota reportedly might be big players this offseason. With the winter meetings next week, we might found out soon.
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Matt Dumba, Wild defenseman (⬆ UP)
Dumba might have his lapses in the defensive zone, but he is the perfect defenseman for a 3-on-3 overtime. On Saturday, he burned past all three St. Louis Blues players in OT, picking up a trailing Charlie Coyle. Dumba flipped a nifty cross-crease pass to Coyle, before burying the rebound to lift the Wild to their second straight win.
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves center (⬇ DOWN)
Double-teamed for much of the Wolves’ 95-92 loss to the Grizzlies, Towns managed 11 rebounds and just seven points on the night. Towns has been held to single-digits in scoring just three times since his rookie season.
Xavier Rhodes, Vikings cornerback (⬆ UP)
Among NFL cornerbacks, Rhodes’ resume is already unimpeachable, so it wasn’t exactly surprising that he shut down Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones over the weekend, but the numbers are still pretty wild. The Vikings held Jones to just 24 receiving yards on two catches, a week after he exploded for 253 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones was targeted four times with Rhodes in coverage, logging a single catch for just 13 yards.
Reggie Lynch, Gophers center (⬆ UP)
The 6-foot-10 senior already has 45 blocks in 10 games, putting him nearly halfway to his total from last season when he had 114 blocks in 33 games. Lynch has at least two blocks in every game and last week had seven against Miami and five vs. Rutgers. Lynch leads the nation in blocks per game at 4.5 -- which half-a-block more than any other player.
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