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Karl-Anthony Towns will play Monday vs. Hawks [UPDATE]

Timberwolves big man was dealing with a back injury.

Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks to pass against Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Update, Dec. 6 — Towns has been cleared to play and will be back in the lineup Monday vs. the Hawks.

Update, Dec. 5 - Towns is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Hawks.

Update, Dec. 3 - Town has been downgraded to out, meaning fantasy managers will have to look elsewhere for a star in the lineup Friday.

Update, Dec. 3 - Towns is officially a game-time decision, but it seems like he’s trending towards playing. This might not mean much from a game lines standpoint but it’ll be a big boost for fantasy players who have Towns in the lineup.

Update, Dec. 2 — Karl-Anthony Towns is being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets due to a tailbone injury. This was always going to be the case, though KAT was able to play through the injury on Wednesday and score 34 points in 33 minutes.

Minnesota Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns briefly left Wednesday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards due to lower back pain. He was able to play 33 minutes, scoring 34 points with 10 rebounds in the loss. KAT had X-Rays after the game and those came back negative, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Towns should be fine but he’s also a pretty big deal, so we’re going to monitor his status. The T-Wolves face the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night and are actually playing competitive basketball. At 11-11, the T-Wolves are in the play-in tournament picture and have a shot to move up a bit. A lot of that has been the emergence of second-year guard Anthony Edwards, who is averaging 22 points per game this season.