MINNEAPOLIS He's doing okay.
His knee isn't as strong as the Timberwolves would like.
He doesn't move well laterally on defense.
He's not exploding when he gets to the rim.
That, in a nutshell, was Rick Adelman's pregame spiel on the subject of one Chase Budinger, the same player who went out and played 23 minutes for Minnesota on Friday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
The words described something lackluster, even with the eventual caveat: "But," Adelman said, "we didn't expect that." (That, of course, being strength or lateral movement or explosion.)
The numbers, too, don't particularly stand out. The shooting looks effective, but the minutes are limited, the point total pedestrian, especially on a team whose scoring eclipsed the century mark en route to a 101-93 victory over the Thunder.
But if you believe any of that, the words or the numbers, you didn't watch Friday's game. You didn't watch the Timberwolves two, three weeks ago, when ball movement was nil and of...