Gibson contributed 14 points (5-5 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes off the bench Monday in the Timberwolves' 130-120 victory over the Clippers. While Gibson made the most of his time on the court, his output was still overshadowed by that of Dario Saric (19 points, eight boards in 33 minutes), who replaced him in the starting five Monday. With no more than 23 minutes in any of the previous four contests, Gibson had already been losing run to Saric before the lineup change, and the gap in playing time may only grow larger from here on out. Since Gibson is headed for free agency this summer and seemingly has no future with a non-contending Timberwolves squad, the team has extra incentive to prioritize minutes for the 24-year-old Saric.
Gibson will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Clippers. Gibson is putting up just 7.3 points and 3.5 rebounds over his last four contests, so the Timberwolves will shift him to a bench role with the hope of creating a spark in his play. Dario Saric will draw the start at power forward in his stead.
Gibson was limited to 13 minutes in Tuesday's 108-106 loss to the Grizzlies. He generated two points (1-4 FG) and one rebound. Interim coach Ryan Saunders instead rode backup power forward Dario Saric (22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes), resulting in Gibson seeing his least amount of playing time of the season. Gibson's four fouls also might have had something to do with the lack of run, but the big man's minutes have generally been trending downward of late as the 25-28 Timberwolves have started to gaze toward the future. Gibson has played under 25 minutes in four of the past five contests and could forfeit his starting role to Saric at some point before the end of the season.
Gibson managed eight points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes in the Timberwolves' 106-102 loss to the Jazz on Friday before being ejected in the third quarter after receiving two technical fouls. Gibson was on his way to another solid effort before getting heated after a foul call. The big man had to be restrained from the officials by teammates and got an early shower for his actions. The early exit led to the snapping of Gibson's seven-game streak of double-digit scoring efforts, but he'll look to bounce back in Sunday's rematch against Utah if he doesn't face any disciplinary action from the league.
Gibson delivered 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 28 minutes in the Timberwolves' 120-105 win over the Lakers on Thursday. Gibson served as the ideal third wheel to Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who combined for 50 points. The veteran forward continues to be a highly reliable source of scoring and rebounds, as he's now rattled off seven straight double-digit scoring efforts and has generated five double-doubles overall in January.
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