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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Salah Mejri's issues with referees: "Sometimes you've got to just keep playing, man. You've got to keep playing through some stuff and at times bite his lip. That's really all there is to it. Sometimes he might get a tough call. Just swallow it and keep competing. When he's out there, he's always playing so hard and usually gives us a great lift off the bench. We want him out there, we love him out there, and he's got to find ways to stay out there."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle shouted "Get the f--- outta here!" when Salah Mejri tried to explain himself after getting ejected for arguing a call. "As I look at it now, he's the only guy that was a negative," Carlisle said, referring to Mejri being minus-2 in 10 minutes during the Mavs' blowout win over the Wizards. "Maybe it worked out all right. Salah and I have a thing going about the officials. He just can't help himself; I think he feels like he can reason with those guys. We're going to continue to work with him."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Teague has had a really nice night for the TWolves. He's got 27 points, six assists and may have just hit the dagger. He also hit 15-for-16 from the free throw line, which is a career high according to T'Wolves PR.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal exchanged trash talk with Dennis Smith Jr. throughout the game but said the Mavs rookie earned his respect. "He's a true competitor. He's an elite point guard. He's going to be one for years and years."

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Wiggins has 37 points in 31 minutes. According to T'Wolves PR, this is his fifth career game at Staples Center with 30 or more. He's going to have to close down the stretch. TWolves could also use some offensive help from Karl Anthony Towns. He is 0-for-4 from the field.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Wiggins is really picking up the slack without Jimmy Butler on the floor. Wiggins has 21 points and is 8-for-13 from the field. He is very aggressive looking for his shots. TWolves up 61-57 at the half.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown is at STAPLES Center for tonight's matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers. The Clippers host the Celtics here Wednesday.

Denny Alfonso ESPN 

El centro de los Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns entrena en el Staples Center . El jugador de origen dominicano promedia 20.2 puntos por partido en esta temporada donde Minnesota se ubica en el tercer lugar de la Conferencia Oeste con 30 victorias.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Wizards SF Otto Porter Jr. (right hip strain) will not return against the Mavs.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

After dodging an update on Jimmy Butler's MRI, Tom Thibodeau offered this update on Jamal Crawford's sprained left great toe. Crawford said his toe is feeling better each day and he is hopeful he may be able to play on Wednesday against the Blazers. "It's more us taking precautions," Thibodeau said before Monday's game. "Jamal has a sprain so we have to let that clear up. Jimmy just has general soreness."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler is getting some rehab work in prior to Monday's game against the Clippers. Not moving around much right now on his sore right knee. T'Wolves can't afford to have him miss much time.