MILWAUKEE — Karl-Anthony Cities stays in concussion protocol and did not play for Minnesota towards Milwaukee, an evening after lacking a sport for the primary time in his profession. The Timberwolves misplaced to the Bucks, 140-128.
The All-Star ahead was in a automotive accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive video games began. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the sport in Milwaukee on Saturday, relatively than return to Minnesota, however hadn’t been cleared to play once more.
Cities should move a battery of assessments and be symptom-free earlier than returning to the courtroom.
Being unable to play has troubled Cities, coach Ryan Saunders mentioned.
“Folks requested me if he cared about his (consecutive video games) streak,” Saunders mentioned. “He hasn’t and didn’t point out one factor alongside these traces. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had someone run out and ensure he might get a sport coat so he was dressed correctly on the bench so he could possibly be there along with his teammates. That claims so much about Karl.”
Cities had performed in his second consecutive All-Star sport final weekend earlier than he was concerned in a automotive accident on his method to the airport in Minnesota. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York and was initially dominated questionable, however after additional examination he was positioned within the concussion protocol.
Cities had began each sport since being the No. 1 decide within the 2015 draft, the longest streak to start a profession since 1970-71.
Different gamers should proceed to step up in Cities’ absence, Saunders mentioned.
″(Friday) night time, we discovered some issues that labored for us in stretches,” he mentioned. “As soon as once more, it’s all fingers on deck. When it’s a must to make up for a participant like Karl, you want all people to contribute somewhat extra.”
Among the many gamers Saunders will flip to is Taj Gibson, who had a season-high 19 factors and grabbed 10 rebounds within the win over the Knicks, after which 20 factors and 6 rebounds towards the Bucks.
“Taj is a professional’s professional,” Saunders mentioned. “Simply being prepared. Simply filling in and doing all of the soiled work and actually maintaining the crew collectively, too. That claims so much about him and his character.”