Jimmy Butler was not impressed with Taj Gibson's full-court heave

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, tries to steal the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. The second came on a jump shot from the baseline.

The Timberwolves shot 66.7 percent in the first half, their highest percentage in any half since April 13, 2016, against the New Orleans Pelicans in their season finale.

The Clippers lost their fourth in a row without Blake Griffin and second in four nights against the Timberwolves. The Clippers welcomed him back to the court with open arms, but he couldn't prevent them from dropping a 113-107 decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, their 15th loss in 19 games.

The injury-ravaged Los Angeles Clippers are getting a much-needed boost because Danilo Gallinari is back, while Miloš Teodosić is inching ever closer to a return. The Wolves led 102-91 with 7:14 remaining before the Clippers scored the next nine points to get within 103-100 with 4:20 left.

"It's just been a steady progression I think", Thibodeau said.

Despite production from up and down the lineup, it was a rather ho-hum victory for the Timberwolves considering they led by as many 19 points after halftime only to let the Clippers back into the game.

Los Angeles dropped its fourth straight game despite an impressive performance by DeAndre Jordan, who had 18 points and 21 rebounds. So, I was expecting from myself to be better.

Gallinari has been on the sidelines since November 5 due to a strained left glute, and Teodosić hasn't played since he sustained a plantar fascia injury in his left foot during the Clippers' second game of the season. Patrick Beverley is out for the season.

The Clippers, who put up a vicious fight in their last match-up, have been hit hard with the injury bug already this season, with DeAndre Jordan surrounded by a bunch of players that are unrecognizable to even some of the keener National Basketball Association fans. Well. We're not going to spell it out here, but if you're any good at reading lips, it's pretty clear.

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