Minnesota All-Star power forward Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right calf strain, according to a report Tuesday from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
WOJ’s sources indicated that Towns should fully recover and return to the court at some point in January. Team officials initially feared a long-term injury after Towns left Monday’s loss at Washington during the third quarter. It was a noncontact injury that left questions about whether or not he tore his Achilles when he immediately reached back to grab his calf.
The 27-year-old Towns is averaging 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots per game this season. He’s drained 50.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, 32.5 percent of his 3-pointers and 88.5 percent of his free throws.
With the exception of his assists, Towns’ numbers are down from last year when he averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game. During the 2021-22 campaign, the University of Kentucky product made 52.9 percent of his FGAs, 41.0 percent of his 3-balls and 82.2 percent of his FTAs.
After making the playoffs for only the second time in Towns’s first seven seasons in the NBA, Minnesota was expected to be a legit contender in the Western Conference after trading for All-Star center Rudy Gobert during the offseason.
It hasn’t worked out so far. The T-wolves are 10-11 straight up and 7-14 against the spread going into tonight’s home game vs. the Grizzlies, who beat Minnesota in six games during the first round of last year’s postseason.
The T-wolves are in fourth place in the West’s Northwest Division, trailing Utah, Portland and the loop-leading Nuggets, who are 13-7.