Who Needs to Step Up in Towns’ Absence?|Zone Coverage
After an excellent 2-0 start, the Minnesota Timberwolves got a flurry of bad news on Sunday night.
The first, shortly prior to tipoff versus the Los Angeles Lakers, was that star center Karl-Anthony Towns would be out indefinitely with a wrist injury. It’s the same left wrist that he broke last season. It deserves keeping in mind that Towns did not break his wrist once again– he did suffer a dislocation and will be examined weekly.
Towns suffered the injury late in Saturday’s win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
When I worked for the Timberwolves, it was quite typical for somebody who was “day-to-day” to actually be “week-to-week.”.
That suggests “week-to-week” probably isn’t excellent.
It’s unfair to speculate, however I would expect Towns to be out for a good portion of time. That’s a shot in the gut for a team with playoff aspirations in a shortened season. More significantly, you feel for Towns, who has actually gone through outright hell this year. Mentally, I hope his support system is there for him.
If Towns is out for more than a month, that has to do with 18 video games or about a quarter of the schedule. It’s not inconceivable that the Timberwolves can hang onto playoff hopes till Towns comes back, but we’ll discover in a rush. During the upcoming stretch, the Wolves play playoff-fringe groups like the Portland Path Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans when, and the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors twice.
Third-year wing Josh Okogie also suffered what seemed a hamstring injury versus the Lakers. While it didn’t look good, the group noted him as everyday with cramps and it’s not understood how long he’ll be out for. That’s a huge hit too for this team. Okogie is the team’s heart and soul defensively. They will count on Edwards and Jarrett Culver in Okogie’s absence. Fortunately is that those two appearance entirely efficient in bring that torch, a minimum of for the short-term.
Minnesota consented to get the rookie contract options for Okogie and Culver, per Darren Wolfson. No surprises there. The surprise is most likely how well Culver has looked this season. Maybe we should have expected that offered how highly individuals thought of Culver going into the draft. However dumb people (like me!) quit on Culver too soon.
Jarrett. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.
We don’t get many nice things being Timberwolves’ fans, so of course I’m going to compose about the Novice of the Year race three games into the season.
If Edwards were in a bigger market, individuals would be going crazy right now. I have a feeling this race will probably continue to feature Edwards and Wiseman. Perhaps Ball has the greatest ceiling long-lasting, but it is difficult to see him making the leaps he needs to this season to make a real run for the award.
Before we next chat, the Wolves will play the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday on the road before hosting the Washington Wizards on Friday and Denver Nuggets on Sunday. If they can go 1-2, is that a win? It feels like it without Towns.