Minnesota Timberwolves star guard Anthony Edwards suffering an ankle injury.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Edwards no longer wears a walking boot and his ankle swelling has lessened.
Edwards was trapped by Alex Caruso and Nikola Vucevic late in the first quarter as he drove right. Edwards hit a wide-open Mike Conley with a cross-court pass. Regrettably, the broadcast showed Edwards screaming in anguish before the ball went through the basket.
Edwards leaped and twisted his right ankle. He punched the ground with his fist in anguish and had to be escorted to the locker room since he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg.
Edwards was declared out in the third quarter. The Timberwolves are pushing for a playoff place in the West, but Edwards’ day-to-day status means he may only miss one or two games. Minnesota hosts the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday and the New York Knicks on Monday. After those two games, the Wolves don’t play again until Sunday’s away game against the Golden State Warriors, so Edwards might return if his ankle heals.
Minnesota, which has been without Karl-Anthony Towns since Nov. 28, will miss any games Edwards misses. Edwards led the squad to its first All-Star appearance last month in Salt Lake City without KAT. He’s averaging 25 points, six rebounds, and 4.5 assists, shooting 46% from the field and 36.9% from three.
The Wolves’ 35-37 record may change the West rankings if Edwards misses time. They are 1.5 games behind the No. 6 Dallas Mavericks, a game behind the No. 7 Golden State Warriors, and a half-game clear of the 11th-place Los Angeles Lakers.