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After missing 17 games following left knee surgery, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler will return to the lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from the New York Times.
The Wolves entered Friday with a record of 44-35 and are tied with the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Minnesota has not made the postseason since the 2003-04 season and Butler is eager to come back and help them end that streak.
The Wolves went just 8-9 in Butler’s absence.
On the season, Butler is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three.