Dane Moore: Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins — all of whom missed Tuesday’s game in Denver are questionable to play Thursday in Utah. Karl-Anthony Towns is probable to play in that game. His knee ailment is inflammation/stiffness that he doesn’t anticipate missing time for.
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Jon Krawczynski: KAT on getting back out there: “Felt good. … I’ve played through worse. It was getting stiffer as the game went along, but I’m always going to say I feel good. I speak it into existence.”
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns is PROBABLE to play tonight against Denver. Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are questionable. Robert Covington and Luol Deng are both out.
Christopher Hine: Karl-Anthony Towns on the notion that he shouldn’t play the rest of the season: “I can’t do that. I got too much pride in playing, being on the court with my guys than worry about me getting a little hurt this year. I was much more hurt last year … This ain’t nothing.”
Jon Krawczynski: Towns says he was in a lot of pain when he hurt his knee but nothing compared to what he played through last year. So for fans who want him to shut it down, he says thank you but he’ll be just fine
Jon Krawczynski: In Denver, Ryan Saunders says Towns and Wiggins will go through shootaround and warmups before deciding if they will play
Dane Moore: Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns are questionable for the Wolves game at Denver tomorrow. Robert Covington and Luol Deng will be out again. That will be Covington’s 31st game missed in a row.
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns will be held out of tonight’s game with knee inflammation.
Christopher Hine: Ryan Saunders said Towns’ injury was a re-aggravation of some knee soreness that was lingering. He will go through warmups before seeing if he can play. Wiggins is out again. Bates-Diop to start again
Jon Krawczynski: Just landed after a flight. I’m Told that after an MRI today all indications are KAT avoided a serious injury with his right knee. Huge sigh of relief for Timberwolves
Jon Krawczynski: KAT: “I’m just blessed to be alive and talking right now.”
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.”
Matt Velazquez: Karl-Anthony Towns (concussion protocol) is out tonight vs the Bucks.
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. “
For the first time in the past four seasons, the Timberwolves had to play a game without Karl-Anthony Towns on the floor. The sight of Towns in regular clothes cheering on the end of the bench was a new one for the Wolves, but they were thankful Towns was able to be there at all given his involvement in a car crash Thursday on his way to catch the team flight.
Stefan Bondy: Karl Anthony Towns is unavailable tonight against the Knicks. He’s entering concussion protocol after getting into a car accident last night.
Jerry Zgoda: KAT getting 5 stitches after he bumped heads with Andre Roberson, who got 4 of his own, here in OKC. Thunder leads 42-33 after a quarter
Erik Horne: Looks like Roberson and KAT each got a piece of each other in the face on KAT’s last bucket. Both players went to the locker room. Grant in for the Thunder.
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Bobby Marks: Clint Capela has now met the minutes criteria in his contract. The center has now played 2,000 minutes and is eligible for a $1M bonus if Houston reaches the Western Conf. Finals. Capela also has bonuses for free throw and defensive rebounding % that he is unlikely to reach.
Matt Velazquez: Asked Giannis about him and the team watching Marques Johnson’s jersey retirement. @Eric Nehm followed up by asking him if it made him think about the future. “It’s too far, man. I’ll think about that probably 30, 40 years from now.” I told him it probably won’t take that long.
Rick Bonnell: Jeremy Lamb swishes off the glass from beyond mid-court, at the buzzer, to beat the Raptors in Toronto. As Lamb said, “That was crazy.”
Connor Letourneau: Zaza Pachulia is receiving his championship ring pregame tonight. Nick Young, who is out of the league, plans to stop by a game at some point in the next couple weeks to get his ring. Patrick McCaw had his sent to him.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday that he wants his team to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and secure home-court advantage in the team’s final season at Oracle Arena. But as his group heads into the final 10 regular season games of its season, the overall health of the group will take precedent over any playoff positioning. “Health always comes first,” Kerr said prior to Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. “So each player we look at individually.”
Kerr said the Warriors will play to the end and try to earn the home-court advantage. “The only way that would happen is if we were mathematically out of it,” Kerr said. “And then at that point maybe you make a decision, but it hasn’t even entered my mind. We’re just going for the one seed and trying to stay healthy and do all that at once.”