Jimmy Butler, Wolves
The ultimate measure is that the team wins when he plays and loses when he doesn’t. Specifically, he scored 23 points Wednesday and made the biggest basket of the game.
By the NUMBERS
1 Wins at home for the Pelicans, in four tries.
5 Three-pointers for Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins, but he missed the final three of them that he shot.
3 Three-pointers for the rest of the Pelicans, in 21 tries.
60.5 The Wolves’ shooting percentage in the first half (26-for-43).
22 Wolves turnovers, leading to 28 Pelicans points.
6 Turnovers by Cousins in the first half. He finished with eight and leads the NBA with 44 this season.