Glue guy for a Timberwolves team that plays for its season Wednesday, veteran forward Taj Gibson practiced "a little bit" on Tuesday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, but remains questionable for the season finale against Denver at Target Center.
When asked if he expects Gibson to play, Thibodeau said, "We'll see. Based on what he did today, we'll see how he feel tomorrow. If he's not (in), we have more than enough. We just need guys to step and get it done."
Gibson played just eight minutes in Monday's home victory over Memphis because of a sore neck sustained when Lakers forward Julius Randle fell on it during Friday's game in Los Angeles.
Gibson said he underwent "a lot of treatment" between Friday's game and Monday's, but what it too much pain with what he called a "muscular" injury that inhibited him from turning his head side to side.
"I tried to play through it," he said after Monday's game. "I'll be all right. Just have to re-evaluate it tomorrow. But it's tough when you can't even turn your neck from right to left when you look around."
The Wolves will get to get their hands on every rebound Wednesday and Gibson is one of their best.
Vetaran guard Jamal Crawford was asked if he expects Gibson to play fully Wednesday with the West's final available playoff spot going to the winner.
"I hope so," Crawford said. "To be honest, Taj is the heart and soul of our team. Everybody talks about everybody else for good reason, but he’s the guy who’s the rock of our team. Knowing Taj, I would put my money that he plays, I hope."