Karl-Anthony Towns

Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards included one of the last things that anyone involved with the Minnesota Timberwolves wants to see — Karl Anthony-Towns leaving with a non-contact injury.

Towns was running down the floor for a defensive possession when he suddenly came up lame. He went to the ground, holding the lower part of his right leg.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN quickly reported that Towns would not return to the game.

Understandably, there was a lot of concern for Towns in the aftermath of his injury.

More will of course ultimately be known shortly. One early positive, however, is that the Timberwolves called it a calf injury. All injuries, of course, are bad. But when we see a player go down that way with a non-contact injury, the immediate fear is an ACL or Achilles tear. Either would end Towns’ season and may even spill into next year. This being a calf injury wouldn’t be good news, but it wouldn’t be quite as concerning.

The early part of the 2022-23 season has not gone well for Towns.  Before Monday, he was averaging 34.4 minutes per game, his highest total since the 2017-18 season. Despite that, his 21.4 points per game were by far the lowest since that 2017-18 season (in every season since, he’s averaged at least 24.4 points per game), while his 8.5 rebounds per game are a career low.

Towns had eight points and two rebounds in Monday’s game at the time of his injury.

[Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter]

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