KAT had a productive return to action after suffering a wrist injury in December, and could see increased rest before his wrist is fully healed, but managers should be optimistic about his return to full-time action.
RYAN KNAUS: Karl-Anthony Towns dislocated his left wrist on December 26, but he was back on the court playing 37 minutes on January 9 versus the Spurs, posting 25 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Head Coach Ryan Saunders said, we want to make sure we're being smart about it for Towns and us in the short and long term.
He added that "a plan for Towns' availability is fluid," end quote, and they sat him for this past Sunday's game, giving him three full days off before their next tilt. Whether a few extra rest days will be sufficient remains to be seen. Towns himself admitted that he returned out of a desire to help the team and not because his wrist was healthy enough for him to play.
He said, quote, "obviously, it wasn't the best decision for my personal health at all." His own father and girlfriend discouraged him from a premature return, so it's a bit surprising that Minnesota's training staff even allowed their franchise centerpiece on the court. They went as far as drawing up plays that made it easier for KAT on his left wrist.
The good news for fantasy managers is that KAT did make it through his return in one piece. And he gets even more rest with only two games on the schedule in week four. Presumably, he'll be ready for both of those, Wednesday and Friday, with both of them against the Grizzlies, who are likely to be without Jonas Valanciunas due to health and safety protocols.
That would leave them weak in the middle with Gorgui Dieng as their only true center, and KAT could have a field day in the paint. It's nice to have a cause for optimism this week.