Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 keys to making playoffs without Jimmy Butler

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4. Increased productivity from Teague, Crawford and Bjelica

With Butler out, the Wolves are going to be missing 22 points per game and although that number seems impossible to replace, we have seen that Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford are capable of getting hot. They will need to take more shots and score in bunches to keep this team’s playoff hopes alive.

Nemanja Bjelica saw his playing time nearly double his season average on Saturday and he responded by grabbing seven rebounds. He will need to continue that kind of productivity if Thibodeau’s group hopes to continue playing after the regular season ends.