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Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) cleared for 5-on-5 basketball activities

Minnesota's star big man has been out of the lineup since March 4 with a torn left knee meniscus.

The Timberwolves are 11-5 since Karl-Anthony Towns’ injury. 

Minnesota Timberwolves center-forward Karl-Anthony Towns has been cleared for full-contact, 5-on-5 basketball activities, the team announced Tuesday. Towns, who underwent successful surgery on a left knee lateral meniscus tear on March 12, is progressing toward his return to play.

Entering Tuesday’s game against Washington on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, League Pass), the Timberwolves were 11-5 since he was sidelined, with Naz Reid enjoying a productive stretch in his place.

After playing the Wizards, the Wolves have three regular-season games left. Having secured a top-three seed in the Western Conference, their first game in the first round of the playoffs won’t be until April 20 or 21.

Towns is averaging 22.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting a career-best 42.3% from 3-point range.