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Butler, Crawford still out; Towns responds to Twitter criticism

Timberwolves Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford will not play tonight in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

The two veterans both missed Saturday's home victory over Toronto and will miss their second consecutive game, coach Tom Thibodeau said before the team's morning shoot at UCLA.

Butler is out because of a sore right knee, Crawford has a big toe sprain.

Thibodeau said the two remain out "day-to-day."

"When they're better, they'll go," Thibodeau said.

Without them, the Wolves won their 10th consecutive home game with young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns  leading the way.

Without them, Thibodeau started Nemanja Bjelica at small forward to counter the Raptors' big lineup. We'll see what if he changes that tonight against a Clippers team that recently won eight of 10 games.

Also at shoot this morning, Philadelphia Eagles' fan Towns responded to the Twitter backlash that he received after he celebrated his team's victory Sunday night with a tweet.

He said he would have won either way because he's friends with Kyle Rudolph and other Vikings' players, but was happy enough that the team he has supported since boyhood won.

"I don't care," he said of Twitter responses that said he should be traded or booed. "Just understand: February 4th, 6:30 Eastern, make sure you catch us. We'll be on TV. See us then."

He said he won't miss attending the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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.

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Minnesota 31-18 30 31 31 34 126
LA Clippers 23-23 26 31 33 28 118

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