Wolves’ Towns, Edwards Could Return As Soon As Wednesday

4:38pm: Towns and Edwards are listed as questionable to play on Wednesday, the team’s PR department tweets.

9:26am: There’s optimism that major reinforcements could be coming to the Timberwolves‘ lineup as soon as Wednesday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s a chance that both Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards could be back in action for that night’s contest vs. Atlanta, sources tell Charania.

As we relayed on Monday, head coach Chris Finch said that Towns’ return from a calf strain that has sidelined him since November 28 was “really, really close,” while president of basketball operations Tim Connelly classified KAT’s return as “imminent.” Charania’s reporting lines up with those statements.

As for Edwards, he has missed a couple games due to an ankle sprain that he sustained on Friday. However, he was initially listed as questionable for both of those contests before being ruled out, which was a signal that the sprain wasn’t as significant as feared. Finch said on Monday that the team was still evaluating Edwards’ “pain tolerance, range of movement, (and) stability,” noting that the 21-year-old “never thinks he’s hurt” and wants to be playing.

The 36-37 Timberwolves are right in the middle of a congested playoff race in the Western Conference. Currently the No. 8 seed, they’re only one game back of the No. 6 Warriors but also only have a one-game cushion on the No. 12 Pelicans. Obviously, getting Towns and Edwards back in their lineup would give the Wolves some additional firepower for the home stretch of the regular season.

Given that Towns has missed nearly four months of action and was still going through some growing pains alongside center Rudy Gobert in the early part of the season, it will be interesting to see how the Wolves handle his role when he returns. It’s a safe bet that Edwards will immediately return to the starting five once he’s cleared to play.

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