All good vibes gleaned from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ buzzer-beating win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday vanished almost as quickly as they appeared. Head coach Tom Thibodeau’s team has lost two straight games to middling Eastern Conference foes by at least 20 points, losses that remind how far the Timberwolves have to go from ranking as the fifth-worst defensive outfit in the league last season.

The only silver lining gleaned from blowouts to the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons? They came without Jimmy Butler, who was sidelined due to a respiratory illness but should be available for Minnesota’s rematch with the Thunder on Friday evening.

Butler is an awesome offensive player, but his biggest impact on the Timberwolves was always going to come on the other side of the ball.