Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss at least four weeks with a right calf strain, according to an ESPN report.
The three-time All-Star could be sidelined for up to six weeks, the report revealed. The team feared Towns suffered a major injury when he left Monday’s game against the Washington Wizards.
Towns underwent an MRI on Tuesday and should be able to make a full recovery. The four to six week schedule means he could be back on the court in January.
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Towns suffered the non-contact injury while running down the court. At one point, Towns leaned back and grabbed his calf.
Other players and members of the Timberwolves coaching staff helped Towns off the court. He was finally taken to the locker room where he underwent an examination.
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Initial tests suggested the 27-year-old did not suffer an Achilles tear.
The 2016 Rookie of the Year has averaged 21.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 20 games this season.
During his eight years in the NBA, Towns has averaged just over 23 points per game.
The Timberwolves are certainly better with Towns available, but the team has struggled to find the best way for the Towns-Rudy Gobert partnership to thrive on the court.
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Minnesota (10-11) hosts the Memphis Grizzles (12-8) on Wednesday.