It was an early exit for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the team didn’t go down without a fight. They gave the Memphis Grizzlies a run for their money in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but it just wasn’t enough to advance. Karl-Anthony Towns played magnificently for the most part and now, it turns out he is a tougher opponent than recently perceived.

According to ESPN, Towns underwent multiple procedures following the end of the playoff run. Apparently, the Timberwolves star center received, “stem cell treatment and platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees, his left ankle, left wrist, and right finger on Friday.” Karl-Anthony Towns decided to take this treatment in the hopes of avoiding surgery.

The Timberwolves’ superstar dealt with these injuries throughout the postseason and decided to play through the pain to help his team win. It didn’t work out in the end, but Towns has proven his toughness through his recent actions. Karl-Anthony Towns, “was dealing with pain in both knees, especially his right knee, which he wore a sleeve on during the playoffs,” per ESPN.

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This is something we see often from superstar-caliber players, especially in the postseason. It’s always a risky decision, as there is an increased chance the player further injures themselves. However, when push comes to shove, the best players in the world step up for their team when it matters most. For that reason, Timberwolves fans should feel proud of how Towns has handled himself in Minnesota so far.

Look for this organization to bounce back in a big way next year. Karl-Anthony Towns will be healthy and the rest of the young rising stars will continue developing their game. There’s a good chance we see the Timberwolves be competitive next season, especially if this team can remain as healthy as possible.