9:54 p.m.: Hundley throws two incomplete passes and Green Bay heads into halftime trailing by 10.
9:52 p.m.: Keenum throws an incomplete pass on third down and the Vikings punt with 24 seconds on the clock.
9:48 p.m.: Turnover, Packers. Green Bay moves into the red zone for the first time in the game. But Hundley’s third-down pass is picked off by Vikings safety Harrison Smith with under two minutes to play in the half. Minnesota takes over on its 22 leading by 10.
9:08 p.m.: Touchdown, Vikings. Minnesota moves 68 yards on five plays and scores on a 4-yard pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs. Minnesota moved to the Green Bay 6 on a 39-yard defensive pass interference penalty by Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins. Minnesota leads 10-0.
Jamal Crawford’s locker is two to the left of his All-Star teammate’s. While Butler is preparing in another room, the three-time Sixth Man of the Year is holding a tablet in his lap, presumably to watch film.
Crawford has watched first-hand as Butler morphed from the new guy in Minnesota to the Timberwolves’ leader. He was one of the four higher profile veterans Thibodeau brought in during the Wolves’ roster reload over the summer, so he understood Butler needed time to get comfortable and more familiar with his new teammates.
But let Crawford tell it, his All-Star teammate started picking apart opposing defenses in early December once he started getting more aggressive in Minnesota’s offense. And coming from one of the better scorers this century, the most fun part about Butler’s midseason barrage is that he isn’t even playing to score.
He’s not one of those guys, Crawford told SB Nation. He can score, but he’s not playing for that. He’s just a great all-around player, and I think how he lifts everybody else up is what’s telling about him.
Plus, Porzingis is anemic. He discussed his struggles with anemia at length with ESPN’s Ian Begley.
I would run three times up and down the court in practice, and I would be dead tired. Not sweating at all. But dead tired, breathing like crazy, he said. And it was just the worst feeling ever. I was really struggling.
Porzingis has his anemia under control with iron pills, but it could be another factor in his fatigue.
Either way, this is something the Knicks should monitor. It might be good to get him a few spots of rest here and there to prepare for a final playoff push.
Luckily for the Knicks, they’ve got three games over the next six days, so maybe they’ll be able to buy him some rest then.