Karl-Anthony Towns Sidelined Indefinitely

The wrist injury that sidelined Karl-Anthony Towns shortly before the All-Star break will keep him out of action a while longer, according to Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. Towns was held out of today’s practice and won’t be in the lineup when the Timberwolves resume their season Friday night.

“He’s still being evaluated with things,” said coach Ryan Saunders, who didn’t offer a timetable for Towns’ return or discuss the severity of the injury. “He went through the All-Star break. We’ll get back in touch with him right here.”

Saunders confirmed that Towns’ absence will cover multiple games.

Towns had a brace on his left wrist as he took shots before today’s practice, Hine added, and he wasn’t using it as he caught passes from an assistant coach. He underwent an MRI on February 11 that confirmed the injury and sat out last Wednesday’s game.

Hine notes that the Wolves are often secretive about injuries, even when they keep players out of action for extended stretches. Examples include the 15 games that Towns missed earlier this season with a left knee injury followed by an illness, and the sprained toe that has sidelined Jake Layman since November.

An extended absence for Towns would provide a setback for the Wolves as they try to integrate seven new players after a flurry of moves at the trade deadline. The organization is especially concerned with building chemistry between Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was acquired in a trade with the Warriors.

“Being the youngest team in the league,” Saunders said, “we’re going to have to make sure that we grow and we don’t say, ‘Hey we’ll be better when we mature. We’ll be better in the summertime when you can focus on just development.’ We need to use all the time right now.”

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14 thoughts on “Karl-Anthony Towns Sidelined Indefinitely


    They’ll want to get him back on the court with Russell…but won’t rush to do it

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Not really, he’s just on a poorly run team. How many other 6-11, 250 lb. players out there can shoot 40% from three? Zero.

  2. Mndummy

    True story. when your a franchise like ours, Tanking usually doesn’t help us much. I believe before we did happen to win the lottery, (Kat) The wolves had never picked above above our original draft slot. I Believe like 3/4 the time we ended up calling a spot or 2. (Don’t get me wrong, we blow the majority as well) My point is when your not a hot free agent destination, unfortunately sometimes you have to go to the three extreme to stay relevant ( financially at least)

  3. Wade Herbers

    It sure seems like the Wolves end up going backwards most of the time on draft night. But with the Einsteins they have had drafting it really doesn’t matter. Owner screwed the team for YEARS with his dealings with Joe Flippin Smith and the the Kahn years have crippled this franchise.

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