Karl-Anthony Towns won’t be shut down for the season, via Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders
With the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly limiting newly acquired guard D’Angelo Russell’s appearances in their remaining games, many thought the team will employ the same tactic on their injured superstar Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves, after all, simply want to get the regular season over with and try to recuperate their losses by bouncing back strong next season.
However, that will not be the case for the struggling franchise, as head coach Ryan Saunders confirmed that KAT will still suit up and finish the season once he is fit to play.
Ryan Saunders said the team’s “collective goal” is for Karl-Anthony Towns to play again this season.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) March 6, 2020
Karl-Anthony Towns has been out of commission since February 10 after suffering a fractured wrist against the Toronto Raptors. A big part of Minny’s struggles stems from his inability to stay healthy this year, as the 6-foot-11 center also missed 15 straight games in December due to a bum knee.
Despite his setbacks this year, Towns continues to be one of the best big men in the league today. In the 35 games that he managed to suit up, KAT normed 26.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 rejections, all while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point territory.
Towns remains as the Timberwolves’ franchise star after shipping away Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Russell before the deadline.
Minnesota was expected to be a team on the rise, especially after Towns got some much-needed playoff exposure in 2018. The team, however, regressed last season and once again won’t make it this year. The Timberwolves hold the second-worst record in the Western Conference Standings at 19-43.