For nearly four months, Minnesota Timberwolves fans have anxiously awaited the return of Karl-Anthony Towns. Suffering a right calf strain on November 28 in the Wolves’ road loss to the Washington Wizards, Towns has been forced to sit on the sidelines through the ups and downs of Minnesota’s hectic season.
Throughout his recovery process, very few hard and fast details regarding Towns’ progress have been disclosed by the organization. There was reported ‘optimism’ from outside sources that he could return before the end of the regular season. Head Coach Chris Finch also hinted that it was likely he did not miss the rest of the year, but no official timeline was ever shared.
Due to the non-contact nature of KAT’s injury, fans were rightly concerned with how serious his injury truly was. There was a feeling that if Towns did indeed have a more serious problem like an ACL or Achilles injury, it would not necessarily be something the team would publicly reveal at this time. Thankfully, due to the latest report from Shams Charania, it appears we could be seeing Karl-Anthony Towns back before the end of the week.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ return will be a huge step forward for the Timberwolves.
As one of the top NBA insiders, Shams is generally one of the most trustworthy sources when it comes to injury updates and breaking news from around the league. His report should put to rest any thought that Towns is suffering from a worse-than-expected injury.
It should also be cause for major excitement from Timberwolves fans, as this long season of waiting can finally come to an end. Potentially getting Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns back on Wednesday would undoubtedly lead to one of the best atmospheres at Target Center all season.
When KAT finally returns to the rotation, it will be a major step forward as the Wolves brace for the postseason. Of course, they would ideally like Towns to have more time to ramp up before the playoffs begin, but having him back at all will feel like a massive win.
Minnesota’s offense has seen its fair share of struggles over the course of the season, and adding back one of the most skilled big men of all time will absolutely help to quell those issues. With the Timberwolves’ roster getting healthy at the right time, they will have as good a chance as anyone in the Western Conference to make a run in April and beyond.