Is Anthony Edwards playing tonight? Latest updates for Hawks vs Timberwolves

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Is it presumptuous to hold any hope for the return of Minnesota Timberwolves’ stellar All-Star shooting guard Anthony Edwards just one week after suffering a painfully tragic high-ankle sprain against the Chicago Bulls less than one week ago, on Friday, March 17, 2023? Normally, I would say yes, and advise cautious optimism.

But Anthony Edwards appears to have superhero healing powers that rival that of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, as he was out of his protective boot over the weekend and by Monday the reports were confirming that the swelling in his ankle had returned to normal.

Edwards leads the Timberwolves in scoring and in steals. He is even very active on the boards, with his 5.9 RPG enough to park him in third place on the team.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently in a tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz, and a half-game separates the Wolves from the seventh-place Dallas Mavericks. A victory against the Atlanta Hawks would return the Timberwolves to a .500 record and help them build positive momentum for a late-season rally toward the NBA Playoffs.

Will Anthony Edwards play in Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on Mar.22?

Anthony Edwards has missed playing in each game since that injury, but there is a growing consensus that he will indeed suit up and compete at Target Center against the Atlanta Hawks. While that seems rather optimistic, the chances of him doing so are increasing every day.

Minnesota Timberwolves full injury report vs. Atlanta Hawks on March 22

The Minnesota Timberwolves roster is currently fighting through multiple injuries. Right now, the team is trying to ‘get right’ with a number of players. Anthony Edwards is trying to fight off his high-ankle sprain and return to action after missing two games.

Backup shooting guard Jaylen Nowell returned to action after missing the previous 10 games with a left knee injury. He held up well enough for 20 minutes while putting up 14 points, three steals, one block, one rebound, and four assists.

Power forward Karl Anthony Towns has been upgraded to questionable status after missing the previous 52 games. Even at a questionable status, I would not be surprised if he does not suit up.

Finally, the team will be without center Luka Garza, who will be competing in the G-League for the Iowa Wolves:

The Atlanta Hawks face some injuries of their own in this one. Hawks’ second-leading scorer DeJounte Murray is still recovering from a non-COVID-19 illness and remains questionable for this game.

Small forward Jalen Johnson, who has been productive off the bench for the Hawks this season, is still suffering from a hamstring injury and is out for this game.

Anthony Edwards’ injury history

Anthony Edwards is finishing his third NBA season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has been the team’s iron man so far this season. Even when shaken up earlier by a hard fall against the Milwaukee Bucks, Edwards returned in the fourth quarter to try to rally the Timberwolves.

Edwards has missed just two games this season due to his current injury and has played in 215 of the possible 227 games over the past three seasons. So it’s safe to say that the Timberwolves and Edwards are not familiar with his remaining on the bench.

Will Anthony Edwards pair with Karl-Anthony Towns tonight?

There is a remote chance that Minnesota Timberwolves fans might even see Anthony Edwards line up next to long-injured power forward Karl-Anthony Towns. Unfortunately, I believe that Edwards is the more likely of the two to suit up and play in this one.

Minnesota Timberwolves next 5 opponents

With the season winding down, the Minnesota Timberwolves have just nine games remaining on the schedule. With that in mind, there is a lot of pressure on the team to play well.

Here is a look at the Timberwolves’ next five games after facing the Hawks.

Sunday, Mar. 26 at Golden State Warriors at 7:30 p.m. CT

Monday, Mar. 27 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT

Wednesday, Mar. 29 at Phoenix Suns at 9:00 p.m. CT

Friday, Mar. 31 vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 7:00 p.m. CT

Sunday, Apr. 2 vs. Portland Trail Blazers at 2:30 pm CT

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