May 26, 2024

The Minnesota Timberwolves face slim odds of progressing to the knockout stage of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament, and their concerns have heightened due to Anthony Edwards’ injury. During Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Edwards suffered a hard fall, prompting worries among fans. However, head coach Chris Finch provided a reassuring update, stating that Edwards has a hip contusion. Despite the challenging offensive rhythm against the Thunder, Finch emphasized Edwards’ ability to create his own opportunities, making his presence crucial.

Despite Edwards’ absence, the Timberwolves secured a 106-103 victory with dominant performances from Rudy Gobert, clutch plays by Naz Reid and Troy Brown Jr. However, this narrow win leaves the team as the odd one out in the In-Season Tournament’s point-differential tiebreaker.

Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards leaves game after hard fall vs. Thunder |  NBA.com

Nevertheless, the tournament outcome pales in comparison to the health of Anthony Edwards. While a hip contusion could potentially keep him sidelined for a few games and affect his performance when on the court, Finch indicated that a prolonged absence is unlikely, easing concerns about a serious injury.

The significance of Edwards to the Timberwolves cannot be overstated. Currently leading the Western Conference with a 13-4 record, the team owes much of its success to the 22-year-old’s near-superstar contributions. Edwards boasts impressive season averages of 26.6 points, 46.6 percent shooting, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Scoring 21 points against OKC before exiting the game, Edwards’ condition remains a crucial point of concern for fans, who await further updates on his status. ClutchPoints will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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