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Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”
The highway crash that injured the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns on Thursday and led to the All-Star missing his first NBA game was caused when a semitrailer truck hit from behind the car he was riding in, authorities said Saturday.
Wolves assistant strength coach Kurt Joseph, 29, was driving Towns to the airport when he slowed for traffic. That’s when the semi, driven by 51-year-old Michael Arndt of Janesville, Minn., hit the car from behind, the patrol continued. Towns complained of a minor injury but declined medical attention at the scene, the patrol said. No other injuries were reported.
Chris Hine: A couple details about Towns’ accident emerged from postgame. Saunders and Tolliver mentioned assistant strength & conditioning coach Kurt Joseph was with Towns in the car. (A source told the Star Tribune earlier tonight Towns wasn’t the driver). Taj Gibson drove by the accident.
Chris Hine: Gibson didn’t know Towns was a part of the accident when he drove by, he said. (1/2): “The first thing I saw him, I ran up on him and gave him a hug because I really drove past the cars, the pileage. It was a bunch of cars on the side of the freeway … And I was just praying I hope everybody in this wreck is OK. We get to New York and I didn’t know he was in it and I’m just happy he’s OK. “