2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
47-35, 4th in Northwest
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13dChris Haynes

T-Wolves' Brunson resigns amid allegations

Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson, the father of NBA draft prospect Jalen Brunson, has resigned amid accusations of inappropriate conduct.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Jamal Crawford opting out of his $4.5M contract for 2018-19 now has Minnesota with $117M in salary (including the OKC 1st), $6M below the luxury tax. The Timberwolves can create $4.9M in additional flexibility if they waive Cole Aldrich by June 30. The center has $2.05M in salary protection. Crawford has non-bird rights and Minnesota is restricted to $5.19M in the first year they can offer the guard. Minnesota does have the $8.6M midlevel and $3.4M biannual exception available but using more than $5.29M of the midlevel would hard cap the team.

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18dChris Haynes

Sources: Wolves G Crawford to decline option

Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford, one of the NBA's elite reserves, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer after turning down his 2018-19 player option, sources said.

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25dTim MacMahon

Thibodeau: Knee kept Butler out of 4th quarter

Jimmy Butler sat out the final quarter of the Timberwolves' season-ending loss to the Rockets due to soreness in his right knee, coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

...on CP3 and Crawford argument in the tunnels. It all ended peacefully. Clear love between the guys, but both were clearly irked by some of the stuff that went on during the series.

Paul and Crawford come together after whistle (0:45)

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Former Clippers teammates Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul exchanged heated words during the second half, after Crawford pushed Paul down to the floor with a forearm. Crawford was t'd up. Now the heated discussion in the tunnels of the Toyota Center. Not even trying to be quiet about it. Paul arguing that whatever Crawford said to him after the tech was uncalled for. Crawford pointing to another moment earlier in the series where Paul knocked him down didn't check on him. The argument is still going.

Rockets close out Timberwolves (1:23)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler didn't play in the fourth quarter because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

25d

Capela scores 26; Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win

Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 victory in Game 5 of the first-round...

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets finish off the Timberwolves in five games. Clint Capela caps his big series with a 26-point, 15-rebound night. Jimmy Butler scores only eight points and sits the entire fourth quarter.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler has not played a second in the fourth quarter. No official word on an injury, but he's been playing hurt all series.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Rockets outscore Wolves 30-15 in the 3rd quarter. The lull that Thibodeau said his team couldn't have tonight. James Harden matched Minnesota's entire team with 15 in the quarter. Houston up 11 heading to the 4th.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden in the last two third quarters: 37 points, 12-19 FG. The Rockets have outscored the Timberwolves by a total of 45 points in those two quarters.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Clippers teammates Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul exchanged heated words after Crawford ran over Paul. Crawford was called for an offensive foul and a technical foul.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Clint Capela's energy has been a dominant force. He has 15 points, 13 rebounds and is all over the place defensively.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

There was a lot of glaring and bickering among the Timberwolves during the timeout after James Harden blew by Taj Gibson and drove for an uncontested dunk.

Towns shows Capela all the moves (0:15)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets take the lead with a 10-2 run to start the second half. Houston had an 11-0 run right after halftime in Game 4 to get their 50-point quarter started.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden and Chris Paul combined for only seven points on 3-of-16 shooting in the first half, but the Rockets' bigger problem has been on the other end. The Timberwolves shot 55 percent from the floor en route to a 59-55 halftime lead.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns went to work when the Rockets went to a small lineup. Mike D'Antoni summoned Clint Capela off the bench after back-to-back baskets by Towns, who has a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the first half.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's another slow start for James Harden and Chris Paul. They've combined for only three points on 1-of-10 shooting midway through the second quarter.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyus Jones getting the first turn as the Timberwolves' backup point guard in Game 5 is surprising considering Derrick Rose's performance in the series.

Team Stats

Points Per Game109.58th
Rebounds Per Game42.024th
Assists Per Game22.718th
Points Allowed107.317th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-184735.573
2016-173151.378
2015-162953.354
2014-151666.195
2013-144042.488