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Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns nursing wrist dislocation and will miss time

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns just can’t win in 2020; the veteran standout will now be forced to miss some time due to a lingering wrist injury. According to a recent report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Towns has been diagnosed with a dislocated left wrist and will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis moving forward.

Although Towns’ setback is indeed significant and will cause him to miss an extended period of time for the Timberwolves, his dislocated wrist won’t require surgery. Towns did see a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Sunday as the teams remains optimistic that the All-Star big man can return to play relatively quickly.

Towns has already led the upstart Timberwolves to a perfect 2-0 record in 2020-21 while averaging 22.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and an even five assists per game.

In the absence of Towns, the undefeated Timberwolves will take on the surging Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening — a tall task for a team that just lost out on its best player, of course.

Towns has already had to carry the heavy burden of playing through the 2020-21 campaign following the loss of his mother, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19 earlier this year. It is no secret that Towns and his late mother were extremely close as the Timberwolves standout has also lost several family members to the ongoing “coronavirus” pandemic.

One thing is for sure, though, if anyone can overcome this much adversity both mentally and physically, it is no doubt Towns of the Timberwolves.

Minnesota is part of a very cluttered and uncertain situation in the Western Conference. Teams such as the Houston Rockets (off-court problems) and Golden State Warriors (injuries) might have been expected to make the playoffs before the season began, but their outlooks have changed to a considerable degree. Within this context, the Timberwolves have a realistic path to the playoffs.