In a mid-winter game against the Knicks at Madison Squa…

In a mid-winter game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, starting small forward Luol Deng was injured and Chicago needed somebody to defend Carmelo Anthony. “Go guard Carmelo,” Thibodeau grumbled, and Butler assumed he should do nothing else. “If I just guard Carmelo,” he reasoned, “I can’t f— up. So if anybody passes me the ball, I’m going to pass it right back.” On one possession, the Knicks doubled Rose, who swung the ball to Butler. He immediately returned it. In the ensuing timeout, Rose told Butler, “Yo, when I give you the ball, look to score.” Butler shook his head. “No,” he replied, “I’m only guarding Carmelo.”
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December 17, 2017 | 6:18 pm EST Update
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler’s sore back kept him out of most of practice Sunday and could keep him out of Monday’s game against Portland at Target Center. “He didn’t do much today,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday’s short practice. “Just getting treatment. We’ll see how he is [Monday].” The Timberwolves officially listed Butler as questionable with back spasms.
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