MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves phenom Anthony Edwards suffered a harsh fall, causing him to hobble off the court on Tuesday with a bruised right hip.
The incident occurred when Edwards attempted to dunk on Kenrich Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, drew a foul, and lost his balance mid-air. He landed on his right side and winced in immediate pain, remaining on the ground for some time before being helped to the bench by teammates during a timeout in the NBA In-Season Tournament game.
Despite hearing “MVP” chants from the crowd, Edwards rejoined the huddle and returned to the court to take his free throws. Although he made one of two, he struggled to move effectively on the following possessions as the injury began to stiffen, and he began clutching his right hip. He was subbed out with 2:40 left in the quarter, with the Thunder leading 76-72.
“It was hard to get a rhythm offensively against them all night long. That’s the beauty of a guy like Ant. He can create his own offense and do his own thing. Tonight was really an opportunity that we needed that,” coach Chris Finch commented.
Finch provided no further details on the injury or whether it might sideline Edwards for any upcoming games. The Timberwolves are set to host Utah on Thursday and play at Charlotte on Saturday.
Edwards returned to the bench in the fourth quarter after receiving treatment. He was seen smiling and joking with teammates during Minnesota’s 106-103 win and in the locker room afterward, despite moving around stiffly. He did not engage with reporters.
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