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Monday, October 23, 2017


Jimmy Butler did not want Ricky Rubio in Timberwolves’ locker room

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler had no interest in fraternizing with a former Timberwolves player after facing him on Saturday night.

The Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda reported on Saturday that Butler told authorities not to let Ricky Rubio into Minnesota’s locker room if he tried to visit following a game between the T-Wolves and Rubio’s new team, the Utah Jazz.

Minnesota won the game 100-97. Rubio had a fine statistical line against his former team and is trying to show what he can do in a bigger role. But Utah is his team now, and the Timberwolves, who drafted him No. 5 overall in 2009 have a new culture. Butler clearly doesn’t want the two things mixing now. You have to respect his attitude.

Andrew Wiggins did not think his game-winning shot was going in

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday 115-113 in one heck of a finish.

First Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up by a point with under five seconds to go. Then it was Andrew Wiggins who responded by banking in a buzzer-beater to give Minnesota a 2-point win.

After the game, Wiggins said he didn’t think his shot was going in when he released the ball.

“I didn’t. I didn’t,” Wiggins said when asked if he thought it was going in.

Wiggins and teammate Ricky Rubio then celebrated on social media.

Wiggins had 27 points in the game, which tied with teammate Karl-Anthony Towns for the team lead.

Josh Jackson did questionable gesture during loss to Clippers (Video)

Josh Jackson may be the latest NBA player to get in trouble for an exchange with a fan during this first week of the new season.

The Phoenix Suns rookie swingman was headed to the bench in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers when he did a questionable gesture that some interpreted as a shooting motion directed at a fan. The incident was also punctuated by an apparent F-bomb from Jackson.

We have already seen multiple players fined for incidents with fans, including Boogie Cousins and Kyrie Irving. Thus, Jackson may face similar punishment if the NBA determines the exchange was inappropriate, but it would probably only be a small blip on the radar for the chaos-riddled Suns right now.

Deandre Jordan appears to recruit Eric Bledsoe back to Clippers

DeAndre Jordan sent a tweet on Sunday that appears to be him recruiting Eric Bledsoe back to the Clippers.

Sunday was a whirlwind of a day for the Suns, who are off to an 0-3 start on the season. Their head coach was reportedly fired. Their best player raised suspicion with a cryptic tweet.

Many took Bledsoe’s post on social media to mean he no longer wants to be a member of the Suns. Among those who took it that way is apparently DeAndre Jordan, who sent the below tweet, seemingly wanting Bledsoe to return to Los Angeles.

Bledsoe made his NBA debut with the Clippers in 2010 and played there for four seasons prior to being traded to Phoenix in 2013.

The Suns have a lot of young talent and are in a rebuilding process. Bledsoe turns 28 years old in December, and his long-term future probably lies away from Phoenix. Bledsoe has been rumored to be on the move going back to last season. Given the tumultuous situation in Phoenix, that speculation probably won’t be going away anytime soon.

Clippers guard Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with plantar fascia injury

Milos Teodosic Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic is out indefinitely with a plantar fascia injury, the team announced Sunday.

Teodosic left the team’s win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night with a foot injury and underwent an MRI Sunday morning. The testing revealed the plantar fascia injury.

Teodosic signed a two-year deal with the Clippers during the offseason and has impressed his teammates with his passing. He had six points and six assists in his debut against the Lakers. He had five points and two assists in 11 minutes before leaving Saturday’s game against the Suns.

Teodosic plays for Serbia’s national team and played most of his professional career with CSKA Moscow before coming to the NBA.

Earl Watson reportedly fired by Phoenix Suns

Earl Watson

Earl Watson has been fired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns just three games into the season, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the news about Watson’s firing. The Suns are 0-3 following a blowout loss to the Clippers on Saturday night. They have the day off Sunday before hosting the Kings on Monday night.

Watson took over the Suns two seasons ago as an interim coach replacing Jeff Hornacek. He went 9-24 as an interim coach, then 24-58 as the coach for the full season last year. His team was 0-3 this season. Jay Triano is reportedly expected to take over on an interim basis.

The Suns have been unable to find success since firing Mike D’Antoni after the ’07-’08 season. They’ve only had two winning seasons since then, made the playoffs just once, and have had five head coaches (when you include interim coaches).

News of Watson’s firing comes the same day that Eric Bledsoe sent a tweet raising suspicion about his desire to remain with the team.

Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Eric Bledsoe raised suspicion about his desire to remain with the Phoenix Suns after sending a curious tweet on Sunday afternoon.

Bledsoe’s tweet said “I Dont wanna be here.”

That was Bledsoe’s first tweet of the day, so there was no other context to it, and there’s no way to know whether he was talking about his playing career with the Suns.

What we do know is that the Suns slipped to 0-3 this season after being hammered by the Clippers on Saturday night. Bledsoe had just four points in 24 minutes in the game.

Bledsoe was mentioned in trade rumors over the summer. He also has expressed frustration over being with a losing team. If he is looking for a trade, tweets like that certainly won’t help Phoenix’s leverage in talks.

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