Jimmy Butler targeting return to Timberwolves before end of season

Published 7:57 p.m. ET March 18, 2018 | Updated 7:20 a.m. ET March 19, 2018


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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he continues to stay on track with his rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee.

He’s predictably having a hard time sitting and waiting.

Butler spoke to reporters Sunday for the first time since the meniscus injury he suffered Feb. 23 at Houston, confirming an initial recovery estimate of four to six weeks after the Feb. 25 procedure. Even on the long end of that timetable, he’d likely have two games with the Timberwolves before the postseason.

That’s if they hang on to their spot, of course, but Butler said he’s confident that will happen. He expressed an equal amount of faith in his ability to heal in time.

“I can’t give you the exact date, but I want to come back and I want to help,” said…

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