Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has entered the concussion protocol and did not play in Friday’s 115-104 victory over the host New York Knicks after being involved in a car crash in the Minneapolis area Thursday.
The Star Tribune reports that Towns was heading to the airport when he was involved in the crash. Coach Ryan Saunders told reporters that Towns was with the team at Madison Square Garden, but it is unclear whether he will stay at the next stop on his way to Milwaukee.
“I spent a lot of time with him this afternoon” Saunders said before the game. “He was in a good mood. … We look forward to getting him back on the floor.”
This was the first game that the 23-year-old man missed in his career. Towns’ streak of 303 straight begins to begin their career is the most because the NBA began to keep track of starters in 1970-71, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The 7-footer is on average 23.1 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the crash occurred. Minneapolis police said they did not handle any incident involving cities.
“We see more movement with everything,” Saunders said. “At this time it’s all we know.”
Information from ESPN’s Ian Begley and The Associated Press was used in this report.