Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/6/17

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/6/17 Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/6/17
Noah Ferguson | 07 December, 2017, 10:57

Over the years, Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler has given National Basketball Association fans plenty of entertaining moments on and off the court.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Taj Gibson must've had flashbacks to March of last season.

They will still struggle to win games in the coming months, but at least they are finally getting Gallinari and Teodosić back.

That would be asking too much at this point. Season-long owners can probably activate Gallinari, though he'll be an extremely risky DFS play Wednesday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward offered a last-second heave so inadequate it confused his teammate to the point he had to say something.

Gallinari's return to the Clippers couldn't be any more needed.

The Clippers surged in the fourth quarter, drawing within 103-100, but faded down the stretch.

Despite production from up and down the lineup, it was a rather ho-hum victory for the Timberwolves considering they led by as many 19 points after halftime only to let the Clippers back into the game.

Los Angeles will attempt to get back on track Saturday against the Washington Wizards, while the Timberwolves will face the Dallas Mavericks on the same day.

The Timberwolves had six players score in double figures, as Teague chipped in 19 points, Taj Gibson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins had 16 points, and Jamal Crawford had 11 points. Crawford then signed with Minnesota.

But Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, who led the team in scoring with 21 points, blocked two crucial shots - one on big man DeAndre Jordan, the other by driving shooter Lou Williams - in the closing minutes. Gallinari shifted from small forward to power forward, replacing Griffin.

"I wanted to be better", Gallinari said. He shot a disappointing 35.5 percent, including 26 percent from 3-point range, in nine games before he was sidelined.

The Clippers were also without guard Patrick Beverley, who is lost for the season after knee surgery. Milos Teodosic is close to being ready to return, but not there just yet.

It was a step in the right direction.

If you are able to read lips, Butler definitely yelled "what the f- was that??" in the direction of Gibson, who ran off the court to the locker room while laughing over the whole situation. I'm not expecting the world from him.

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