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Butler, Crawford out tonight for Wolves; Bjelica starts

The Wolves announced some bad news an hour prior to Saturday’s game against Toronto at Target Center:

They will play the game without Jimmy Butler, the team’s leading scorer, and Jamal Crawford.

Butler is out with a sore right knee, Crawford – one of the most potent scorers off the bench for the Wolves – has a sprained big toe on his left foot.

Nemanja Bjelica will get the start in place of Butler. Fans should expect Marcus Georges-Hunt to get more minutes off the bench for the Wolves tonight.

The Wolves, coming off an 0-2 road trip to Orlando and Houston – have yet to lose three straight games this season. Avoiding that tonight just got harder.

Orlando's Afflalo suspended two games for punch thrown at Wolves' Bjelica

The NBA has ruled: It suspended Orlando guard Arron Afflalo this after the next two games without pay for that roundhouse right punch he threw aimed Wolves forward Nemanja Bjelica's head Tuesday night.

Here's video of it in case you haven't seen it.

Afflalo will miss tonight's game at Cleveland and Sunday's game at Boston.

Both Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected during the second quarter after the second incident within four minutes between the two players. Each received their second technical foul of the game for that confrontation in which Afflalo swung wildly and Bjelica responded by putting Afflalo in a headlock so he couldn't throw another punch.

“I don’t want to make like he’s a bad guy, maybe he had a bad day,” Bjelica said after the game. “I just want to say I think I did the right thing. What do you want me to do? Let him punch me one more time?”

Final, 1/20 1 2 3 4 F
Toronto 31-14 28 34 21 26 109
Minnesota 30-18 26 28 33 28 115

NBA Scoreboard

  • Orlando

    Boston

     

    - F

    103

    95

  • New York

    LA Lakers

     

    - F

    107

    127

  • Brooklyn

    Detroit

     

    - F

    101

    100

  • Indiana

    San Antonio

     

    - F

    94

    86

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