Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau was not happy with his team’s performance against the Mavericks on Friday, and he certainly let his players know at halftime.
After Minnesota pulled off an ugly win against Dallas, Jimmy Butler gave reporters a general idea of what went on in their locker room during halftime to turn around the game. Butler indicated Thibodeau’s message was very direct, honest and colorful, to say the least.
First Butler asked, “Do you want an exact quote?” to which the reporter replied yes. Butler then said Thibodeau told the players, “Do your f—–g job, play with f—–g energy, and a lot of other f-words.”
Tom Thibodeau’s halftime message, according to Jimmy Butler: “Do you want an exact quote?”
“Do your fucking job, play with fucking energy, and a lot of other f-words.”
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The Mavericks entered the matchup as big underdogs with a 2-13 record, but Dallas got off to a quick start and held a 12-point lead at halftime.
While Thibodeau’s approach does not always work, it certainly did for Minnesota as they came back to win the game 111-87.