Karl-Anthony Towns has been one of the NBA’s most dominant players since the All-Star break, and it took an injury to put a stop to his hot run.
After racking up 40 points and 16 rebounds during Saturday’s 135-130 overtime victory against the Washington Wizards, in the final seconds of regulation Towns came up hopping after an off-ball cut near the top of the key. He headed to the bench, and subsequently the locker room.
As every media person around me has already tweeted KAT's came off with painful right knee and is clearly hobbled
— brittrobson (@brittrobson) March 10, 2019
The Timberwolves soon updated his status to “out for overtime”
Karl-Anthony Towns is out for overtime with a right knee injury
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) March 10, 2019
As the postgame media reports began to filter in, little detail emerged beyond a forthcoming evaluation and update, though coach Ryan Saunders sounded a hopeful note.
“He’s just had initial evaluations, but he was walking around so there’s really no info at the moment,” Saunders said.
The sudden exit left his Timberwolves teammates stunned, though they recovered to pull out the win in OT.
“I can’t lie, it’s tough,” said point guard Derrick Rose. “You can’t believe it at first, but that’s why we’re pros and that’s why the guy that’s coming off the bench behind him has to come out and give us his all.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.