Karl-Anthony Towns ‘spooked’ by Hornets’ COVID-19 issues

No one can fault Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns for being extra cautious when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. After all, the two-time All-Star already lost several family members to the dreaded virus, including his mother, and even contracted it himself last month.

Right before tip-off in their road game against the Hornets, Towns was made aware that opposing forward PJ Washington was a late scratch in the contest due to the league’s health and safety protocols. Knowing firsthand how devastating COVID-19 can be, he immediately felt worried for his teammates.

KAT even asked Wolves head coach Ryan Saunders if they should carry on with the game. The 6-foot-11 slotman remained professional but later admitted that he was checked out mentally in the first half due to the whole scenario.

Towns said the only thing that calmed his nerves at halftime was a call from his old man. It is worth noting that KAT’s father also recovered from coronavirus.

Karl-Anthony Towns did look calmer in the second half of the game, but Minny was still unable to get the W, losing 114-120 to the Hornets. He put up 25 points in 9-18 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from deep, along with eight boards, two assists, two steals, and one rejection in his second game back after testing positive from COVID-19.

The Timberwolves dropped their second game in a row and fell to an NBA-worst 6-20 record. While Towns would certainly want to help turn his team’s fortunes around, the safety of his team remains his top priority at the moment.

 

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