NBA 2020-21: Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns suffered a dislocated left wrist and is expected to miss several games before he is cleared to return.
No surgery will be required, the team said Sunday, and the organization is terming his timeline on the basis of a weekly evaluation. There’s optimism it will be a relatively short-term absence for Towns, sources told ESPN.
Towns had season-ending surgery on his left wrist a year ago, but this injury is in a different spot, sources said. He was assessed by a hand specialist in Los Angeles, where the Timberwolves play the Lakers on Sunday and the Clippers on Tuesday.
Towns was knocked out of the air and onto the ground, landing on his left hand, late in the Timberwolves’ victory over Utah on Saturday night.
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He left the court for the locker room, only to return later and reenter the game as a self-described “decoy” in the final moments.
Towns has been instrumental in leading Minnesota to a 2-0 start, averaging 22.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, and five assists.
Karl-Anthony Towns did not have the opportunity to play in the NBA bubble
Karl-Anthony Towns has not played an NBA game since February 2020. He injured his wrist during a game against the Toronto Raptors and was out until the NBA postponed its season in mid-March following Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test.
The league restarted the season on July 31, but the Timberwolves did not have a good enough record to play in the Orlando bubble.