2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
10-5, 1st in Northwest
Timberwolves handle Mavericks after slow start (1:03)
Butler drills the 3-pointer through contact (0:21)
Towns powers through contact for slam and flexes (0:22)

Rockets, Celtics, Towns' marijuana stance, sliding Clippers

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell talk Rockets and Celtics (4:55), Towns' marijuana advocacy (28:45), the sliding Clippers (41:15), a Portis-Mirotic update (49:05) and Jody Avirgan on the 30 for 30 podcast Hoodies Up (1:02:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take questions (1:21:20).

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KAT celebrates birthday in style

Karl-Anthony Towns, who turned 22 on Wednesday, scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Wolves' win over the Spurs. Only two other players in NBA history as young as Towns have registered at least 25 points and 15 rebounds on their birthday: Terry Cummings for the Clippers on his 22nd in 1983 (31 points, 15 rebounds) and Chris Webber for the Warriors on his 21st in 1994 (26, 18), the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

Towns, Wolves defeat Spurs (1:16)
Wolves take advantage of back-to-back steals (0:22)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Timberwolves close out Spurs 98-86. Karl Anthony Towns finishes with 26 points, 16 rebounds and two assists. Thibs has to feel better about this win given how much Jimmy Butler struggled all night to find a rhythm offensively.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Timberwolves up 75-65 after 3. Karl-Anthony Towns celebrating his 22nd birthday in style with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler has just two points and is 1-for-9 from the field. He likes to take over down the stretch, we'll see what happens tonight.

Teague gets it to fall before the buzzer (0:24)
Wiggins throws down easy jam (0:15)
Life experience guiding Towns' views on medical marijuana (1:14)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Thibodeau's reaction regarding Karl-Anthony Towns advocating for medicinal marijuana use within the NBA: "Karl, he's got a lot of different interests. And I think it says a lot about who he is as a person. I saw [the story] briefly this morning and just knowing Karl, he's a thoughtful guy. I don't know how much he's studied the research, but in terms of helping people and people that are suffering, I know that that's the type of person he is. He's a very open-minded person, he's got great curiosity in a lot of different things, very thoughtful. So it was his opinion, it was honest and I don't have a problem with it."

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4dNick Friedell

Towns' wish: Allow medicinal marijuana in NBA

Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns, when asked what one change he would make if he were NBA commissioner, said he'd allow the use of medicinal marijuana.

Towns shows off from deep in win over Jazz (0:53)

Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win

Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz 109-98 on Monday night.

Gibson plays off Teague for tough jumper (0:22)
Towns uses crafty footwork to get bucket (0:22)
Wiggins drives baseline for lay-in (0:18)
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7dNick Friedell

Butler: Timberwolves' 'D' must improve or else

The Timberwolves agree that their offense will not be an issue during the season, but players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson said after Saturday's loss to the Suns that their defense will need to get better.

Team Stats

Points Per Game108.211th
Rebounds Per Game43.020th
Assists Per Game22.712th
Points Allowed107.522nd

Team History