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Are heavy minutes wearing down the Timberwolves just one-third of the way into the season? Is this becoming Jimmy Butler's team? We explored those questions and more on the latest Timberwolves Talk podcast on iTunes and startribune.com.

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Per FiveThirtyEight.com, the Falcons currently have a 46 percent chance of making the playoffs. A win over New Orleans on Thursday (7:20 p.m., Ch. 11) would boost that to 65 percent, while a loss would drop it to 22 percent. So yeah, it's a big game for Atlanta.

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"I've followed Keenum's pro career since he started at Houston and I've told people every where he went that he has the tools and potential to be a great QB in the NFL. Commentators, fans and scouts have never given Keenum the respect for his accomplishments and his abilities."

"BubbaFish" commenting on startribune.com.

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"Quick question:Who is the glue guy who does little things and doesn't care about scoring or taking shots on this team among rotation players? #Gophers need to find him. And play him consistent minutes. Is he there?"

@Marcus_R_Fuller