Wob: Jimmy Butler Posts Monster Game Despite Hometown Boos
Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23).
- The Timberwolves played their first home game since the infamous Jimmy Butler practice fiasco.
- Butler's efficient 33-point performance vs. the Cavaliers appears to have swung T-Wolves fans on his side.
The Minnesota Timberwolves returned to The Target Center Friday night for their regular season home opener vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After getting embarrassed four straight games in the preseason and dropping the first game that actually counts, the Wolves needed something, anything, positive to turn this season around.
Well, it did not come during player introductions as Jimmy Butler was big-time booed…
Lot of boos and cheers(?) for Butler. Hysterical. pic.twitter.com/T91pzj72cS
— matt puczko (@mattpuczko) October 20, 2018
as was Coach Tom Thibodeau…
…and here’s Tom Thibodeau’s intro. pic.twitter.com/e8rJEROvCK
— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) October 20, 2018
But then the game started, and crowds don’t play the game — the players do. True to form, just like the notorious practice in which he declared “YOU F**KING NEED ME — YOU CAN’T WIN WITHOUT ME”, Jimmy Butler showed up dropping 33 points on only 12 shot attempts (WHAT?), including the game-clincher, grabbing 7 rebounds and swiping 4 steals:
.@JimmyButler was a force in the Wolves victory tonight!
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 20, 2018
Remember those boos? Yeah, they turned into MVP chants just an hour or so later…
Just another night for the Minnesota Timberwolves.