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Timberwolves will not shut down Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Though they’re both dealing with injuries, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders says he is not ready to shut down Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for the remainder of this season.

During his media availability at Tuesday’s practice in Denver, Saunders noted that Towns (knee) and Wiggins (quad) will be game-time decisions. Saunders also stated that Minnesota will not be “tanking,” despite the fact that the team currently holds the 10th spot in the Western Conference standings.

Towns’ injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 135-130 victory over the Washington Wizards. At first, some thought the injury was serious, but it sounds like he’s ready to go.

“I’m ready to go, ready to go any time for my teammates,” Towns told Alan Horton, who serves as the radio voice of the Timberwolves. “Fans don’t have anything to worry about with me, we’re warriors, we’re built to fight & built to go to war so that’s what I’m built to do.”

Wiggins has missed the last two games due to a quad injury. Keita Bates-Diop stepped up in a big way over that span, averaging 15 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block. If Wiggins is not cleared for action, Bates-Diop will likely see an up-tick in his usage rate.

Tuesday night’s Timberwolves-Nuggets game is scheduled to tip inside the Pepsi Center at 10:30 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.