Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler scrambled for a rebound during the first half Wednesday night.

Wolves play nice in season opener, but fall to Spurs

Jimmy Butler got along with teammates - and scored 23 points - but Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out after scoring only eight and the Wolves faded in the final minutes.

Rose's role fluctuates with Butler's return to Wolves

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The Wolves’ Derrick Rose was bumped to the second unit with Jimmy Butler’s return, but his versatility could help either group.
Jimmy Butler took Derrick Rose's spot in the starting lineup while Rose dropped down to the second unit after playing much of the preseason with the first.

Wiggins, Dieng among bright spots for Wolves in opener

October 17
Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins is defended by San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes during the second half
Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng had solid outing for the Timberwolves Wednesday against the Spurs
Wolves
October 17

Timberwolves-San Antonio game recap

A look back at Wednesday night's game.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after sinking a fourth quarter basket Thursday night. He finished the game with 46 points.
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Eat & Drink
October 17
The graffiti-covered food stalls at Cargo Food Authority, shown here under construction, are built out of shipping containers.

Target Center replacing Hubert's with shipping container-themed restaurant

Cargo Food Authority, opening in November, will serve global fare, food court-style.
Wolves
October 17
If the Timberwolves can move Jimmy Butler and gain reasonable talent, yet another team soap opera will end and Karl-Anthony Towns can assume leadershi

Souhan: Get rid of Butler and let Towns take control on the floor

Once Jimmy Butler is gone, the Wolves won't be rebuilding from scratch. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best young players in the league, who soon should make the word "young" an unnecessary qualifier.
Wolves
October 17
Jimmy Butler

Butler: 'I have no worries in the world' ahead of tonight's opener

Multiple Wolves players said the team suffered from a lack of intensity in the preseason and Jimmy Butler isn't going to let that be an excuse in the opener. "I think we'll bring it."
Wolves
October 17
Jimmy Butler

Hartman: Taylor says Wolves working to trade Butler, Thibodeau's job safe

Wolves owner Glen Taylor, in a wide-ranging interview, confirmed the team is working to trade Jimmy Butler even as he prepares to start the season with Minnesota.

nba

  • Western Conference
    Northwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Utah 1 0 1.000 0 - 1-0 1-0
    Denver 1 0 1.000 0 - 1-0 1-0
    Portland 0 0 0.5 - - -
    Oklahoma City 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
    Minnesota 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
  • Pacific w l pct gb home away last 10
    Phoenix 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Golden State 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    LA Lakers 0 0 0.5 - - -
    Sacramento 0 1 .000 1 0-1 - 0-1
    LA Clippers 0 1 .000 1 0-1 - 0-1
  • Southwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    New Orleans 1 0 1.000 0 - 1-0 1-0
    San Antonio 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Memphis 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
    Dallas 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
    Houston 0 1 .000 1 0-1 - 0-1
  • Eastern Conference
    Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Milwaukee 1 0 1.000 0 - 1-0 1-0
    Detroit 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Indiana 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Chicago 0 0 0.5 - - -
    Cleveland 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
  • Atlantic w l pct gb home away last 10
    Boston 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Toronto 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    New York 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Brooklyn 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
    Philadelphia 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
  • Southeast w l pct gb home away last 10
    Orlando 1 0 1.000 0 1-0 - 1-0
    Washington 0 0 0.5 - - -
    Charlotte 0 1 .000 1 0-1 - 0-1
    Atlanta 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
    Miami 0 1 .000 1 - 0-1 0-1
  • Points
    J. Teague MIN 27
    J. Butler MIN 23
    A. Wiggins MIN 20
    G. Dieng MIN 12
    (2) Players 8
  • Rebounds
    T. Gibson MIN 11
    K. Towns MIN 9
    J. Butler MIN 7
    A. Wiggins MIN 6
    G. Dieng MIN 5
  • Assists
    J. Teague MIN 4
    J. Butler MIN 3
    A. Wiggins MIN 3
    K. Towns MIN 3
    (3) Players 2
  • Field Goal Percentage
    J. Teague MIN .667
    G. Dieng MIN .500
    A. Wiggins MIN .444
    J. Butler MIN .391
  • Blocked Shots
    J. Butler MIN 1
    G. Dieng MIN 1
  • Steals
    J. Butler MIN 4
    J. Teague MIN 2
    G. Dieng MIN 2
    A. Wiggins MIN 1
  • Points
    K. Walker CHA 41
    D. Booker PHO 35
    A. Davis NO 32
    S. Curry GS 32
    T. Hardaway Jr. NY 31
  • Rebounds
    A. Drummond DET 20
    L. Aldridge SA 19
    H. Whiteside MIA 18
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 18
    (3) Players 16
  • Assists
    E. Payton NO 10
    J. Barea DAL 10
    J. Harden HOU 10
    S. Curry GS 9
    (5) Players 8
  • Field Goal Percentage
    E. Davis BKN 1.000
    N. Vonleh NY 1.000
    D. Favors UTA .875
    D. Jones GS .857
    (2) Players .833
  • Blocked Shots
    A. Horford BOS 5
    M. Turner IND 4
    J. Allen BKN 4
    T. Ross ORL 4
    M. Williams CHA 4
  • Steals
    G. Hayward BOS 4
    J. Butler MIN 4
    B. Simmons PHI 4
    P. George OKC 4
    J. Ingles UTA 4
  • Tuesday, October 16
    Boston 105, Philadelphia 87, F Golden State 108, Oklahoma City 100, F
  • Wednesday, October 17
    Indiana 111, Memphis 83, F Milwaukee 113, Charlotte 112, F Orlando 104, Miami 101, F
    Detroit 103, Brooklyn 100, F Toronto 116, Cleveland 104, F New York 126, Atlanta 107, F
    New Orleans 131, Houston 112, F San Antonio 112, Minnesota 108, F Utah 123, Sacramento 117, F
    Denver 107, LA Clippers 98, F Phoenix 121, Dallas 100, F
  • Today, October 18
    Miami @ Washington Chicago @ Philadelphia LA Lakers @ Portland
  • Friday, October 19
    Charlotte @ Orlando New York @ Brooklyn Cleveland @ Minnesota
    Atlanta @ Memphis Boston @ Toronto Sacramento @ New Orleans
    Indiana @ Milwaukee Oklahoma City @ LA Clippers Golden State @ Utah
  • Saturday, October 20
    Toronto @ Washington Brooklyn @ Indiana Boston @ New York
    Orlando @ Philadelphia Detroit @ Chicago Charlotte @ Miami
    Minnesota @ Dallas Phoenix @ Denver San Antonio @ Portland
    Houston @ LA Lakers
  • Sunday, October 21
    Atlanta @ Cleveland Sacramento @ Oklahoma City Golden State @ Denver
    Houston @ LA Clippers
  • Monday, October 22
    Orlando @ Boston Charlotte @ Toronto New York @ Milwaukee
    Indiana @ Minnesota Chicago @ Dallas Memphis @ Utah
    Washington @ Portland San Antonio @ LA Lakers Phoenix @ Golden State
  • Tuesday, October 23
    Philadelphia @ Detroit LA Clippers @ New Orleans Sacramento @ Denver
Wolves
October 17
Interesting Taylor nugget: Layden is handling Jimmy Butler trade now

Interesting Taylor nugget: Layden is handling Jimmy Butler trade now

If there has been a sense that Tom Thibodeau, in his role as president of basketball operations, was in charge of the Butler situation, that sense has changed now.
Wolves
October 17
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau.

Wolves facing journey into the unknown but Thibodeau remains 'chill'

As the drama around Jimmy Butler's trade request extends into the regular season,Tom Thibodeau is entering a critical moment in his tenure with the Wolves.
Wolves
October 17
Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor spoke with Kevin Garnett during the WNBA playoffs in 2015.

Garnett says Glen Taylor doesn't know (bleep) about basketball

Considering Kevin Garnett made a high-profile exit from Minnesota in 2007 and a less-than-successful return in 2015, he was a go-to source for his thoughts on Jimmy Butler.
Wolves
October 16
Jimmy Butler will start and isn't expected to have a minutes limit when the Wolves open Wednesday at San Antonio.

Butler set to play; Wolves confident they'll get his best effort

Jimmy Butler has practiced only four times with his Wolves teammates this preseason and did not appear in a preseason game. He won't have a minutes limit Wednesday at San Antonio.
Wolves
October 16
When Andrew Wiggins, right, played as part of the starting five last season, the Wolves rank seventh in defensive efficiency. The team’s reserves we

Timberwolves season preview: Five numbers to know

Stats to know heading into the Wolves season opener in San Antonio.
Wolves
October 16
Oklahoma City’s Paul George was surrounded by Wolves (from left) Jeff Teague, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in a preseason game. Such defens

For Timberwolves, defense remains an immense challenge

Timberwolves' starters and subs alike need to zero in on curbing good shots. Minnesota finished the preseason 29th in opponent field-goal percentage, 26th in three-point-shooting defense and last in points allowed.
Wolves
October 16
Jeff Teague gets around the defense of Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during a preseason game earlier this month.

Believe it: Wolves have offense to fall back on

North Score: the Wolves had one of the best offenses in the NBA a year ago, finishing fourth in efficiency. How in the world did they do that when they finished dead last in both three-pointers made and attempted?
Wolves
October 16

Ready or not, Timberwolves season launches with game at San Antonio

After a tumultuous preseason, the Timberwolves enter the season with several questions and — as reserve guard Derrick Rose put it recently — without a clear offensive or defensive identity.
Wolves
October 16
The Celtics, with the return of starters Kyrie Irving (left) and Gordon Hayward, could rule the Eastern Conference. In the West, LeBron James (right)

NBA 2018-19 season preview: Nothing is set in stone

The Warriors got richer, the Lakers got LeBron ... and who is getting Jimmy Butler? Here are five things to watch this year, even if you think you already know who'll be hoisting the championship trophy in June.
Wolves
October 16
Let's appreciate Derrick Rose's honesty about the Timberwolves

Let's appreciate Derrick Rose's honesty about the Timberwolves

Rose was asked if the Wolves — who struggled through a 1-4 preseason with Butler sitting out — will be able to change their course when the real games start.
Wolves
October 16
A pillar on Marquette Avenue in the Minneapolis skyway depicts the Timberwolves logo rather than Jimmy Butler.

Scoggins: Butler's missing photo setting tone for new Wolves season

The skyway connecting Marquette Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis has five pillars decorated in a Timberwolves promotion. Only four of them feature members of the team.
Wolves
October 16

Where are the Wolves? Chris Hine's NBA power rankings

Our NBA beat writer ranks 'em, top to bottom, in the Western and Eastern Conferences.
EPISODE 27
October 16
Jimmy Butler

Listen: Jimmy Butler drama casts shadow over Wolves season

On the latest Timberwolves Talk podcast, Chris Hine and Michael Rand attempt to preview the Wolves season -- only to find that the way the preseason has played out makes that virtually impossible.
Wolves
October 16
Wolves rookies Josh Okogie (left) and Keita Bates-Diop

Towns to Wolves rookies: Savor your first NBA game

Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop could make their NBA debuts on Wednesday in San Antonio.
Wolves
October 15
Jimmy Butler

Source: Butler and Taylor meet, come to understanding on situation

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Jimmy Butler to be in a Wolves uniform when the season opens. Butler, meanwhile, had a message for fans who may be displeased with him.
Final, 10/17 1 2 3 4 F
Minnesota 0-1 23 29 31 25 108
San Antonio 1-0 31 25 25 31 112

NBA Scoreboard

  • Memphis

    Indiana

     

    - F

    83

    111

  • Milwaukee

    Charlotte

     

    - F

    113

    112

  • Miami

    Orlando

     

    - F

    101

    104

  • Brooklyn

    Detroit

     

    - F

    100

    103

  • Cleveland

    Toronto

     

    - F

    104

    116

  • Atlanta

    New York

     

    - F

    107

    126

  • New Orleans

    Houston

     

    - F

    131

    112

  • Minnesota

    San Antonio

     

    - F

    108

    112

  • Utah

    Sacramento

     

    - F

    123

    117

  • Denver

    LA Clippers

     

    - F

    107

    98

  • Dallas

    Phoenix

     

    - F

    100

    121