Timberwolves Star To Miss Big Chunk Of Time With Leg Injury

The Minnesota Timberwolves were fearing for the worst when three-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns went down with a leg injury during the 3rd quarter of Monday night's loss to the Washington Wizards. He had to be helped off the floor after collapsing to the ground holding his calf in agony, and an Achilles injury was suspected. 

NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting about the best news the T-Wolves could have hoped for, that the MRI results have revealed a right calf strain, and that Towns is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. 

There is no structural damage to the Achilles, so in essence, this is good news for the club. He's expected to return to the lineup sometime in January. 

Minnesota, though, will have to figure out how to adjust without his 21 points and 8 rebounds a game (numbers which are, incidentally, down from his norm). 

The T-Wolves, who were thought to be serious contenders in the West coming into the season, after the addition of Rudy Gobert in the offseason, have been struggling along at 10-11 and in 10th spot in the conference.

“We all got to raise our level,” Gobert said. “He’s a great player, so you can’t really replace him, but every single one of us is going to have to give more and it’s going to be hard. We don’t have a choice. We got to keep fighting.”