NBA Fans Are Fearing The Worst After Karl Anthony-Towns Goes Down Clutching His Leg After Non-Contact Injury

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This was supposed to be the year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves snapped a four-year playoff drought last season and former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards started to look like the superstar they hoped he could be. Minnesota then pushed all its chips into the middle when it traded a small fortune to the Utah Jazz for three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

The hope was that the move to add Gobert would give the Timberwolves the best frontcourt in the NBA with he, Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. But the early returns have been anything but encouraging.

Minnesota entered Monday’s game with the Washington Wizards with a 10-10 record and, coincidentally, in the 10th spot in the Western Conference. Despite adding the French superstar, the T-Wolves’ defense has been one of the worst in the league. Towns has struggled to adjust to defending on the perimeter and oftentimes he and Gobert have gotten in one another’s way. The result is a defense that allows 114.7 points per game, ranking 22nd out of 30 NBA teams.

Now it appears matters may get even worse for coach Chris Finch and his team.

Karl-Anthony Towns Suffers Non-Contact Injury, Goes Down Hold His Calf

Minnesota’s defensive struggles were on full display Monday against the Wizards. Kristaps Porzingis torched Gobert for 29 first-half points and Washington led 77-58 at the half.

Things only got worse from there. The T-Wolves came out of the break on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 77-68. But late in the third quarter, Towns fell to the ground in a heap well behind the play. He immediately clutched his right calf in pain and had to be helped off the court.

The site of the injury immediately had some fans fearing the worse.

Though it appears that both he and Minnesota avoided disaster.

Towns has had a difficult time of things in recent years. Here’s hoping this is just a minor setback and that he’ll be back on the court quickly at full strength.