Former Kentucky center and current Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns limped to the sideline at the end of regulation against the Washington Wizards.
With less than 10 seconds left before the game was sent into overtime – and ultimately won by the Wolves – Towns appeared to encounter a non-contact injury to his right knee. He hobbled his way to the bench and did not return to the game.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is some optimism within the organization that Towns will be okay.
There is optimism about the MRI results on right knee of Minnesota All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, league sources tell ESPN. He left victory over Washington with injury on Saturday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 10, 2019
Here’s a video of the injury as it happened.
Prayers up to Karl-Anthony Towns who limped off the court with an apparent knee injury. ??? pic.twitter.com/9JSfOv3b9k
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) March 10, 2019
You can’t tell exactly what happened, but it looks clear he didn’t land on it awkwardly or anything like that. This just looks like one of those freak injuries where something bends in some way that it isn’t supposed to (that is my official diagnosis as a Google.com doctor). The non-contact injuries are always the most frightening. We have no idea what happened or what caused his knee to betray him. There is also a video of Towns appearing to say “it popped” while he’s tending to his knee on the sideline.
— George George (@George_George__) March 10, 2019
We’ll have the exact severity of the injury updated as soon as the news is released. Hoping all the best for KAT.