Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves Continue Hot Play in Wake of Butler Trade

    Karl-Anthony Towns is benefitting from Jimmy Butler's departure. The center put up 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 107-100 win

    November 14, 2018

    Karl-Anthony Towns is benefitting from Jimmy Butler’s departure.

    The center put up 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 107-100 win over the Pelicans Wednesday. Towns had 15 points and nine boards after the first quarter.

    Andrew Wiggins added 23 points, although it came on 8-for-22 shooting from the floor. The Timberwolves were able to use their hot 3-point shooting to overcome an otherwise off night from the floor, led by Wiggins’ 4-for-9 effort.

    Robert Covington and Dario Saric, the players acquired in the Butler deal, had stellar showings in their first action for the Timberwolves. The duo combined for 22 points in the win. Covington got the start and logged 41 minutes, while Saric put in 20 minutes off the bench. It’ll be interesting to see how Tom Thibodeau integrates Covington and Saric into the rotation and whether both players will eventually start.

    In two games since the Butler deal, Towns has averaged 25.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Wiggins is averaging 18.0 points per game in those two contests. It’s a small sample size, but Minnesota’s cornerstones appear to be playing better with Butler gone.

    The Timberwolves had to make a move on Butler and they got back good pieces in Covington and Saric. The real benefit, however, might be the improved play of Towns and Wiggins. If both players continue to put up big numbers and Minnesota remains competitive in the West, the Timberwolves will feel good about their return on the trade.

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