Jamal CollierESPN2 minutes to read
chicago — Timberwolves all Stars Anthony Edwards He was taken off the field after sustaining a right ankle injury during the first quarter on Friday night 139-131 loss to Chicago Bulls Double overtime.
Edwards landed awkwardly and collapsed to the floor after dropping to his feet to deliver a pass to Mike Conley for a 3-pointer with 4:1 remaining in the quarter. Edwards screamed in pain and immediately began to grab his right ankle after the play and put no weight on his leg as the team coach and injured teammate. Cities Carl Anthony Help carry him to the locker room.
The Timberwolves announced at halftime that Edwards would not return to the game, but he did return to the team near the end of the fourth quarter to cheer on the team from the bench while wearing protective boots.
Edwards or the Timberwolves coach Chris Finch did not provide any explanation as to the severity of Edward’s injury after the game, but Edwards said he was feeling good and hoped he would not be out for too long.
“I couldn’t walk on it, so I knew it was coated,” Edwards said after the game. “See how you feel tomorrow.”
Minnesota drops to 35-36 and the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference after Friday’s loss as the Wolves battle for their spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Edwards played eight minutes on Friday night and came out 3 out of 4 from the field for eight points and an assist before leaving the game with an injury. He’s played in all 71 games this season with Minnesota, the only player on the team to do so.
The Wolverhampton team has already gone through the absence of the great star Karl Anthony Towns, who has been out since November 28 due to a calf injury. The team announced earlier this week, and Towns is expected to return in the coming weeks. Now in his third season in the NBA, Edwards, the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, made the All-Star team for the first time in his career in 2022-23. He averages 25 points, six rebounds, and 4.5 assists while shooting 46% from the field, all career highs.
“We know that no one will help us,” the Wolves Center said Rudy Goubert He said about the possibility of playing without Edwards. “It’s all we’ve got. So we just have to go out there, keep working, keep enjoying it and learning from this situation. Win the game when we’re in a position to win the game.”
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