Out in the Sonoran desert to play Phoenix on Saturday night, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler didn't go so far after practice Friday to declare there's a new sheriff in town. But he did promise he'll be a different player starting Saturday than the one who sought to involve his new teammates foremost through the team's first 11 games. On Friday, he was asked when he'll know the time is right to seek his own shot more. "Right now, right now," he said. "I'm going back to putting the ball in the basket. I like to put the ball in the basket. I think I've gotten really good at it over the years, so we'll see a different player from here on out." Golden State's Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson backcourt outscored Wolves guards Butler and Jeff Teague 60-25 in Wednesday's lopsided 125-101 road loss after the Wolves' 7-3 season start (7-1 when Butler played) included a five-game winning streak that ended in Oakland. The Wolves trailed by four points midway through Wednesday's third quarter, then were outscored 18-4 over the next four-plus minutes and never came close again. When asked if that resounding defeat is the reason he vows to change, Butler said, "A lot of different things go into it. Whatever the reasons are, much more scoring, much more aggressiveness on the offensive end." Until now, Butler has led his new team with his commitment to defense and his ability to defend the opponents' best perimeter player, his experience and his willingness to make both the right play and the extra pass.
Wolves' Butler vows to start scoring more 'right now'
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Nov 10