Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler active but didn't play vs Nuggets

The four-time All-Star is back just in time to help the Wolves secure their first playoff berth since 2004, when a prime Kevin Garnett was still the centerpiece of the franchise.

Kahron Spearman

Minnesota Timberwolves got an All-Star back in Jimmy Butler, who was cleared for actionafter being out due to sustaining a right knee injury on Feb. 23 at Houston.  


However, coach Tom Thibodeaux elected to sit Butler, who was listed as doubtful ahead of the game against Denver.


The Wolves became 8-9 since Butler has been out, and they could've used him last night in their 100-96 loss to the Nuggets. 

The four-time All-Star, who is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, will be a major boost for the struggling team.


Currently 6-9 in the last 15 games, he is coming back at the right time for a unit still holding onto a playoff spot with four games remaining. It would be their first playoff berth in 14 years when franchise legend Kevin Garnett was still in his prime for Minnesota.

You've got to risk it for the biscuit, and I'm ready to do that. I want to be in the playoffs. I want to continue to play. I'm not saying I'm the only reason we're going to make it. But I think the chances are a little bit higher if I'm out there.

Jimmy Butler
Guard, Minnesota Timberwolves