Jimmy Butler isn’t exactly the most popular guy in Minnesota. He played one full season for the Timberwolves back in 2017-18, a year that was full of internal drama that extended from Butler to his teammates and all the way to the front office. He feuded with guys like Karl-Anthony Towns, rifts that still last to this day, and he still throws shade in Minnesota’s direction from time to time.

NBA: Jimmy Butler Blows Kisses To Timberwolves Fans

Timberwolves fans of course aren’t fond of Butler, and he is welcomed with boos from the crowd every time he visits as an opposing player. He and the Miami Heat were scheduled to make their one trip to Minneapolis early in the 2023-24 season, for both team’s third game on the schedule. But, much to the chagrin of the home crowd, Butler was held out of the game, with “Rest” being the reason listed on the team’s injury report.

The fans who bought tickets in order to throw their jeers in Butler’s direction did what they could to get their money’s worth. Butler was sitting on Miami’s bench for the game, dressed in street clothes and sitting next to Kevin Love, who was also missing the action. With 2 minutes left in the game and the Heat down by 23 points, the crowd began to chant “Where Is Jimmy?”.

Efforts Against Load Management Can’t Keep Butler From Sitting

Butler let them know he could hear them. First, he smiled and blew kisses at the crown while still sitting in his seat. He then stood up and continued with the kisses, turning and smiling in each direction, looking like he was accepting an award and taking in the cheers. Love couldn’t help but laugh at the interaction.

The NBA is coming down hard on teams and players for missing games due to load management. There are new measures in place to combat the issue, and there will likely be an early eye on Jimmy Butler given his decision to sit out so early in the schedule.

The Heat may have been looking forward to the following game on the schedule that will have more implications on their season down the road. They will take on the championship favorite Milwaukee Bucks on Monday evening.

The top-seeded Denver Nuggets routed the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-80 Sunday night to send a message to the other championship contenders.

Rampant Nuggets destroy Timberwolves

Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray scored 24 points and added 8 assists as the Nuggets dismantled a poor Timberwolves side to take game 1, in dominant fashion.

Nikola Jokic added 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists in 28 minutes and Michael Porter Jr. scored 18 points as Denver snapped a five-game skid in playoff openers.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 18 points. Karl-Anthony Towns, who was rounding into form this month after missing 52 games with a bad calf, missed 10 of his first 12 shots and finished with 11 points.

The Timberwolves’ offense was uncharacteristically bad and was held to under 82 points for the first time since 2016.

The Nuggets were in excellent form with their three stars combining for 55 points, 33 rebounds, and 16 assists, with just two combined turnovers.

The Timberwolves just had no answer defensively and their cause was not helped by the absence of Jaden McDaniels, their best perimeter defender, who broke his right hand punching a wall in Minnesota’s final regular season game.

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Game 2 is Wednesday night in Denver and anything short of a win for the Timberwolves and they can probably kiss the series goodbye.

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Rudy Gobert is not having a great Sunday and clearly wasn’t in the holiday spirit. During the Minnesota Timberwolves matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans, Gobert threw a punch at teammate Kyle Anderson in the team huddle during a timeout.

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That’s pretty ridiculous from Gobert. Disagreements in the huddle or on the bench are fine, but he took it to the next level. He should absolutely be suspended by the team and, if not, the NBA should hand down a suspension.

The Timberwolves will be in the play-in tournament as a nine-seed. There’s a chance their center won’t be coming along.

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