MINNEAPOLIS – Tom Thibodeau walked out of Target Center with a win on Sunday afternoon.There was little indication that the 108-86 victory would be his last in Minnesota.The Timberwolves unceremoniously cut ties with the 60-year-old coach and team president a little over an hour after he had led them past the Lakers, according to multiple media reports. He finished with a 96-107 record in two-and-a-half season, marked by a playoff appearance last year, but great turbulence at the beginning of this season with his biggest star.Scott Layden remained as general manager in the shakeup for the Timberwolves (19-21), who tapped assistant Ryan Saunders to be interim coach as the team continues to push for the postseason.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThibodeau’s fate appeared to be sealed after Jimmy Butler, a star he helped bring to Minnesota in a trade during the 2017 offseason, blew up into a public feud with management and demanded to be traded. While Butler was an All-Star for his one full season with the Wolves, his drama throughout his first 10 games this season leading to his exodus to Philadelphia threatened to consume the team’s ambitions.Thibodeau appeared to have little awareness that he was on his way out in his postgame press conference, answering questions about the performances of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague as he normally would. The team has won five of its last eight games.Kuzma misses second straight startThe Lakers had hopes that they would have their second-leading scorer against Minnesota, and he even warmed up, but Kyle Kuzma couldn’t play for his second straight absence as he continues to deal with lower back pain.Kuzma went through a pre-game routine, and could be seen in the locker room pregame receiving treatment and joking around with teammates. But between continued stiffness that he’s suffered since Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City and a back-to-back travel schedule for the Lakers, the team felt it would be best to sit him at least once more. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “He was close,” Walton said. “They said his workout was really good. It looked like he was moving better. He just kind of stiffened up sitting around pregame so with someone’s back and on a back-to-back, it just didn’t seem like it was the right call to throw him out there.”Walton said Kuzma would receive treatment Sunday night and Monday morning in Dallas. He’s considered questionable against the Mavericks in what could come down to another game-time decision. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The former Steelers receiver was traded to the Raiders in March but never played a down for them as he was released following a series of controversies. He then wound up on the Patriots, but was cut after just one game amid allegations of sexual assault and rape.Paul believes fighting the receiver would give the out-of-work Brown a renewed focus.”I think we might be closer than anyone expected, than even we expected,” Paul added. “In my mind, this whole thing seems …They say if it’s too good to be true it probably is. In my mind, I’m getting that feeling because I genuinely do not know how serious AB is. Coming from a person who was in a s— position after Tokyo [when Paul was criticised for posting a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim], and in many ways the KSI fight gave me a purpose, I think this would do that for Antonio Brown, give him a nice payday, give him a chance to redeem himself. It would be one of the greatest events of 2020.” While Brown has no experience in boxing, Paul has been in the ring for two fights against fellow YouTube star KSI, who won their rematch in November after the first contest ended in a draw.Asked by TMZ whether he genuinely wanted to return to the ring to fight Brown, Paul replied: “I’m f—ing serious, bro. You know how serious I take fighting. I love talking smack; I also love backing it up.” View this post on Instagram Beat you 🏈 now 🥊 #SoonTheyForgetA post shared by Boomin (@ab) on Jan 8, 2020 at 3:29pm PSTMORE: Jake Paul calls Gib a doormat he’s ‘wiping his shoes on’ before fight vs. KSIBrown has not played an NFL snap since the middle of September and experienced a tumultuous 2019. Logan Paul is “serious” about boxing Antonio Brown, and believes a fight is close to being arranged.Paul called out Brown last month, and the seven-time Pro Bowler seemed to be on board with the idea. Brown told the YouTube star to “square up” while revealing he intended to enlist the help of Floyd Mayweather Jr.