The Minnesota Timberwolves’ hellish season continued Friday night as they lost to the Chicago Bulls in double overtime and possibly lost Anthony Edwards for the rest of the regular season to an ankle injury. . There has been no official update from the team. Edwards returned to the bench in a walking boot late in the game and briefly told reporters that he would be fine.
I can appreciate Ant’s attitude and tenacity. He has played 71 out of 71 games when other stars can barely afford to play seven games in a row. There is there are just three weeks left on the NBA regular season schedule, and the T-Wolves are one game away from the playoffs and one game away from missing the play-in.
But fear not, Minnesota, save should happen at any time. (Hey, Karl, that’s your cue.) Karl-Anthony Towns is about to return from a calf injury that’s been going on for months. The update from two days ago was that KAT would be back in the “coming weeks.” Whatever that means better means he’ll be back on the floor soon.
All things considered, it’s still not so bad because the bottom of the West is abyssal. Minnesota must stave off the Jazz, Pelicans and Blazers for 12th place. Two of those organizations are in freefall, and Danny Ainge is doing everything in his power to keep the third team in the lottery.
Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert are more than capable of playing .500 basketball for a short time and hopefully that’s long enough to close the gap until Towns returns. Oh and when that happens, all the issues that Gobert and Towns had shared the floor together better magically disappears.
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Minnesota without Edwards is the 2021 Utah Jazz but older and without Donovan Mitchell, and that’s about as depressing of a basketball situation as you’ll find. The front office gave out a million draft picks for Gobert, and the only argument it was a smart move is that he’s the last cornerstone standing.
D’Angelo Russell is a Laker, the natural condition of KAT is nursing an injury, and the brightest point of all points collapsed on the field Friday night and shouted “TIMEOUT!” like he was trying to stop a fight after being beaten too badly by his older brother.
The front office has already tried to piece together the narrative once, and it didn’t take, so if this season ends abruptly, the next steps might be more drastic.
The ugly one
The only way Wolves can avoid an offseason of pundits wondering who’s upset and fans making fake KAT trades is if they get into the playoffs and win a run. It’s possible, but it will take Edwards back for the playoffs and Towns going ballistic ASAP for as long as possible.
Whenever we wonder which franchise is the gold standard of mismanagement, Minnesota comes up with a season like this, or the year after the last time they made the playoffs when Jimmy Butler snuck up. is blasted his way out of Minneapolis with a machete. Then it makes people ask, “Weren’t you the team that took two point guards not named Steph Curry ahead of Steph Curry?” And things keep rolling in circles from there.
So good luck, T-Wolves fans. And just know, It’s not your fault.
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