Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
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Minnesota at San Antonio
When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Jimmy Butler has been a major distraction for the Minnesota Timberwolves but the four-time All-Star has promised to mind his manners. Butler will play in the team's season opener against the host San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday but is still hoping to be traded as soon as possible.

Trade talks with the Miami Heat collapsed and Butler was incorrigible throughout his first practice before owner Glen Taylor sat down with him Sunday and the two reached a truce. "At the end of the day, he expects me to go out there and win some basketball games," Butler told reporters of the conversation. "I think that's what my team expects me to do. That's what Minnesota, the fan base, expects me to do. The fans that are not in Minnesota expect me to go out there and compete, be the fun-loving basketball player that I am. That's what I will be." San Antonio is distraction-free after dealing former All-Star Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors to end the drama that lasted all last season. The Spurs are making a big transition with Leonard and Tony Parker (Charlotte Hornets) on other teams as well as the retirement of longtime stalwart Manu Ginobili.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), KENS (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (2017-18: 47-35): The trade market for Butler has gone quiet with the season about to commence and small forward Andrew Wiggins said he is fine with Butler's presence. "All I know is when we start playing the real games, Jimmy is someone you want on your team," Wiggins told reporters. Minnesota ended a 13-season playoff drought by reaching the postseason last April on the final day of the campaign with Butler (22.2 points), center Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds) and Wiggins (17.7 points) leading the way.

ABOUT THE SPURS (2017-18: 47-35): Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan will team with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to provide the firepower but he wasn't the least bit happy when he was first dealt to San Antonio in the trade for Leonard. The four-time All-Star was comfortable in Toronto and felt team management had assured him the he wouldn't be traded but now he is excited about being a member of the perennial contender and playing for coach Gregg Popovich. "You definitely want to be around a culture of this magnitude, play with a coach of this status, one of the greatest coaches of all time," DeRozan told reporters. "To be here is definitely a blessing."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Spurs won 13 of the past 14 meetings.

2. San Antonio SF Rudy Gay (heel) is expected to play in the opener.

3. Minnesota backup C Justin Patton (foot) is sidelined indefinitely after being injured in mid-September.

PREDICTION: Spurs 104, Timberwolves 97
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 0-0 L4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
San Antonio 0-0 W1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Minnesota San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/17/18 MIN 101 SA 117 101 34 48.1 117 41 51.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota K. Towns 23 53.3 5
San Antonio L. Aldridge 39 63.6 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 9 3 6
San Antonio L. Aldridge 10 4 6
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. Teague 8
San Antonio P. Gasol 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota N/A
San Antonio N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota N/A
San Antonio N/A
Assists Player  
Minnesota N/A
San Antonio N/A
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Minnesota Off vs  San Antonio San Antonio Defense
Minnesota Off vs San Antonio - Points For 0.0 Points For
Minnesota Off vs San Antonio - Points Against 0.0 Points Against
Minnesota - FG% 0.0 FG%
San Antonio - FG% 0.0 FG%
Minnesota - Reb 0.0 Reb
San Antonio - Reb 0.0 Reb
San Antonio San Antonio Off vs  Minnesota Minnesota Defense
San Antonio Off vs Minnesota - Points For 0.0 Points For
San Antonio Off vs Minnesota - Points Against 0.0 Points Against
San Antonio - FG% 0.0 FG%
Minnesota - FG% 0.0 FG%
San Antonio - Reb 0.0 Reb
Minnesota - Reb 0.0 Reb