Minnesota Timberwolves NBA All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss an extended period of time due to a calf strain.
In other news, Brooklyn Nets superstar forward Kevin Durant is leading the NBA in a surprising statistic.
On that note, here is the latest news from around the NBA as of Nov. 30, 2022.
Karl-Anthony Towns will miss at least the next few weeks with a right calf strain. Towns’ injury occurred with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter of the Wolves’ 142-127 loss to Washington on Monday. He was helped off the court and did not return.
There was initial optimism that Towns had not suffered a serious injury. However, Minnesota announced on Tuesday that an MRI confirmed that Towns is out indefinitely and will be reassessed in several weeks.
Towns is averaging 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game on 50.5% shooting this season. Minnesota is just 10-11 and 11th in the Western Conference.
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The Brooklyn Nets are off to a lackluster 11-11 start this season. However, the team is still relying on Kevin Durant as much as ever. According to a recent tweet from StatMuse, Durant leads the entire NBA in total minutes played this season at 807.
Considering Durant is already 34 and in his 15th season, the statistic has come as a surprise to many NBA fans. However, the Nets have dealt with various injuries as well as the suspension of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving earlier in the season. So they’ve needed every bit of production from Durant.
Durant is averaging 30.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game this season. He is yet to miss a game for the Nets.
In another injury update, Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons left the Nets’ 109-102 win against Orlando on Monday due to left knee soreness. Simmons was subbed out of the game with 9:03 remaining in the second quarter and did not return.
The news is concerning for Nets fans as Simmons previously missed four games from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 due to left knee swelling. Simmons already had fluid drained from his knee as well.
Following the game, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn spoke about Simmons’ latest injury. Vaughn highlighted that Simmons may have played too many games in a short time frame. He also said that Simmons will receive treatment before the Nets decide his status moving forward.
The Nets have since listed Simmons as out for their next game against Washington on Wednesday.
Simmons is averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 61.4% shooting this season. Following Monday’s win, the Nets are back at .500 (11-11) and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Bruce Brown was one of the Brooklyn Nets’ most reliable role players last season. At 6-foot-4, Brown plays much bigger than his size and is able to finish strong inside the paint. He also has the ability to playmake.
The Nets often used Brown as a big in small-ball lineups during his tenure with the team. According to Brown, this made him feel like his skillset was being undervalued by the team.
During an interview with Mike Singer of the Denver Post, Brown spoke about how he is proving people wrong with his play in Denver.
Singer then asked if Brown was referring to Brooklyn. Brown gave a very general answer.
Brown signed a two-year $13.3 million contract with Denver in the offseason. He is averaging 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 46.8% shooting with the Nuggets. Brown has operated as a versatile glue guy for Denver.
Denver is only Brown’s third team along with Detroit and Brooklyn, and the Nets were the only team that played him out of position. So naturally, most fans have deduced that Brown was taking a shot at Brooklyn. Either way, Brown is definitely proving his value in Denver.
The NBA reportedly suspended referee Tony Brothers for one game for profane language directed at a player. This came after he called Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie a “b—h-ass motherf—er” during a Mavs versus Raptors game on Nov. 4.
The NBA conducted the suspension in private, according to NBA insider Marc Stein, as Brothers is a highly-respected senior referee. Brothers has been officiating games since the 1994-1995 NBA season.
Back when the incident occurred, Dinwiddie spoke about it postgame.
There has been growing tension between players and referees over the past few seasons. It is understandable that the league decided to deal with the matter in private.
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