Jimmy Butler suffers right knee injury, MRI scheduled Saturday


The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves tipped-off against the Houston Rockets the week before the All-Star break, the Rockets continuously killed the Wolves in the pick-and-roll. After grabbing the rebound, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot, before collapsing to the floor in pain, holding his knee.

Butler was carried off the floor. As expected, he was unable to put any weight on the right leg while being helped off the court.

Jimmy Butler's beef with Lou Williams ramped up on Friday night after the Timberwolves star challenged Williams to a high-stakes one-on-one game, with the victor taking home a $100,000 pot. Chris Paul added 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA's best record.

Jimmy Butler heard the complaints about him taking up a roster spot in the All-Star Game despite not wanting to play in the actual game, and he has issued a response. In their previous three meetings, Houston overwhelmed Minnesota from beyond the arc, making 19.5 3-pointers per game. And it paid off, as Houston only connected on 14 of their 38 three-point attempts.

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The Rockets were without guard Eric Gordon due to an illness, while Trevor Ariza made his return after a nine-game injured spell.

Nikola Jokic had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists before fouling out of the Nuggets' 129-119 victory against the Spurs. George Hill also scored 18 points, while Larry Nance Jr. finished with 15 in Cleveland's fifth win in six games.

The Timberwolves have now lost seven straight on the road.

Butler was later caught by ESPN's cameras, skipping into the Timberwolves locker room. He leads the league in minutes played and is third in the league in fourth quarter points per game. In his second game with the Rockets, veteran small forward Joe Johnson had 10 points in 22 minutes. Mookie Blaylock is 11th with 2,075 steals.