As for next season, Atkinson said the Nets would be hap…

As for next season, Atkinson said the Nets would be happy to see another 8- to-10 win jump from last year’s 28 victories. But he doesn’t dismiss the possibility of something bigger. “That’s the dream, right, the quantum leap?’’ Atkinson said. “I think that’s the big goal in the sky. But we’ve been making solid steps, solid improvement. So I’d be happy with that, too. “Our players see that [the quantum leap] is a possibility. But I do think we have to come to it from a humble way, too. We only won 28 games last year. Eight-game improvement, which is good. It’s hard in the NBA. But, listen, I’d take another eight- to 10-game improvement. That’d be fantastic.”
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After going through an energetic post-shootaround workout, which included a few emphatic tomahawk dunks, Westbrook met with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s medical staff and decided to sit against the Clippers. He has been increasing his practice workload, including being cleared for basically full-contact practices and drills. “A lot of it is him and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In my conversations with him, it’s always how he’s feeling the next day. And I think for him, he needs to be right because you don’t want to have something lingering. And he knows his body better than anybody else.”
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Jimmy Butler encouraged the fans to boo him, and the Minnesota crowd obliged. But some appeared to quickly forget their anger. The Timberwolves’ home opener began Friday night with Butler getting heartily booed during introductions before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. It ended with Butler on the free-throw line to seal a 131-123 victory and some of the same fans showering the disgruntled star with an “M-V-P!” chant. “I knew as soon as I made an effort play, it was going to turn into cheers,” Butler said. “I like it, though. Like I told you, it’s OK to boo me. I’m still going to play hard. I’m still going to try to my best to help win games. Boos, cheers, silence, I’ve got a job to do.”
Butler has been at the center of turmoil since demanding a trade last month. In an interview earlier this week, Butler said he anticipated a negative response from T’wolves fans but didn’t seem worried about it. “Sure. Go ahead, boo me,” Butler told The Athletic. “It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it.”
Storyline: Minnesota Timberwolves Turmoil
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