Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to the court for the first time since mid-January to play a match against the LA Clippers on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
The reason behind Towns’ absence
Towns, who couldn’t play since January 13, returned from reconditioning after a stint in the health and safety protocols of the NBA. He missed 13 straight games after announcing on January 15, that he had contracted COVID-19.
The game and the team
The last game was only the fifth game of Towns this season. He had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists in 31 minutes as the Wolves lost the match 119-112. While Towns was back in the starting lineup, the team was without two other players, D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Culver. Clippers point and guard Patrick Beverley was back after he missed 8 straight games with right knee soreness. Paul George though decided to remain out of the game.
The impact Towns has on people
Towns were grief-stricken since his mother and six other family members had passed away due to complications from COVID. Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders said that Towns was willing to talk about his grief and loss and that had made a great impact on the team. He said that it takes a lot of courage to talk about all of it. Nobody has the same sadness, and people need to realize that grief is not linear. He also said that he wishes that he had played more games by now, but it just was not in the cards for Towns. But he ensured that the player had made a huge impact on the people and the team which has outshone anything that he could do on the court.
The NBA reported that one player had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week. The total for the season in the NBA is up to 92, but of those, 48-52% tested positive in November.