The most prominent story of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ season thus far may very well be the various injuries they have had to endure and battle through. Every NBA team deals with injuries on some level, but the ones the Wolves have had to suffer through this season have simply felt back-breaking.
With four out of five starters missing time along with several crucial bench players being sidelined for extended periods, it is no wonder the Timberwolves have had a hard time achieving good team chemistry. They have been struggling just to get by, and frankly, it is rather amazing their record is not significantly worse.
The injury that has impeded their progress most has been the calf strain that Karl-Anthony Towns endured in Washington on November 28th. Originally diagnosed as a four-to-six week recovery period, Towns has yet to make his return to the court. On Saturday, the injury update delivered to the Minnesota fanbase was anything but encouraging.
Karl-Anthony Towns will not be back in action for the Timberwolves anytime soon.
Dane Moore tweeted an update on Karl-Anthony Towns’ injury straight from head coach Chris Finch on Saturday afternoon. As of right now, there is “no timetable” for Towns to return for the Timberwolves.
This is incredibly disappointing for a team that has been so anxiously awaiting their star player to set foot on the hardwood once again, and it is awful news for a team trying to put together a run to the playoffs. Minnesota will now have to mentally approach the rest of this season as if Towns is not coming back.
Where questions about Towns and Rudy Gobert’s fit together lingered all offseason, we have still only been able to see them together on the court for a little over a month of the season. The two twin towers are a long way out from achieving their potential together.
The worst case scenario here is that the extended recovery time for Towns indicates a more serious injury like an ACL tear, which would end his season. Timberwolves fans will have to keep holding their breath and hope that KAT surprises everyone by returning sometime before the playoffs begin.