Sunday update: Edwards didn’t play in Saturday’s game due to his ankle injury but he’s out fo the walking boot and moving around well. He’s considered a day-to-day player with this issue and that’s great news for Minnesota.
Good news: Timberwolves All-Star Anthony Edwards has exited a walking boot and is moving around more as swelling decreases in ankle sprain suffered Friday, per sources. Edwards is expected to be evaluated day-to-day on a return.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 19, 2023
Saturday update: Edwards was in a walking boot after the game Friday, so he’s unlikely to play in Saturday’s contest against the Raptors. We’ll see if he actually misses significant time or if he can come back after a few games off.
Update: Edwards has been ruled out. We’ll know more on his injury Saturday or Sunday.
Update: Somehow, Edwards is only questionable to return and has not immediately been ruled out. That is excellent news for everyone involved.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards was helped to the locker room Friday after suffering an ankle injury against the Chicago Bulls. Based on his early reaction, this is going to be one he needs some time to recover from.
Oh my god listen to The scream of Anthony Edwards on this play… pic.twitter.com/tkR82uGfVR— Jrue Wojnarowski (@Heavenlybuckets) March 18, 2023
The Timberwolves are in the thick of a tough playoff race in the Western Conference, and losing Edwards would be devastating. Minnesota has already been down Karl-Anthony Towns for a good portion of the season, and Edwards is playing extremely well right now. Rudy Gobert was treated like a star when this team traded for him but he’s not carrying anyone to the postseason.
If Edwards is out for an extended period of time, look for Jaden McDaniels to step into a larger role offensively. McDaniels usually plays big minutes but cedes a lot of shots to Edwards and Gobert. He’ll be taking on a more active role if this injury is as bad as it seems.