Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards enters NBA’s COVID protocols

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Coming off one of the best games of the budding superstar’s young career, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Word initially broke from Adrian Wojnarowski and local Wolves reporter Dane Moore has since confirmed the news.

As expected, the Wolves have Edwards listed as being out for tonight’s game.

With Ant-Man entering the league’s protocols, he will at least miss Friday night’s primetime matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN. For Edwards, it will be the first game he misses in his NBA career, after playing in exactly 100 consecutive games since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Anthony Edwards set to miss first game of NBA career

For A1 this is an unfortunate setback. On Wednesday, Ant became the youngest NBA player to sink ten 3-point shots in a game, scoring 38 points as the Wolves took down the Denver Nuggets. Now, he’ll need to clear the NBA’s health and safety protocols before he can make his return to the court.

He’s in the midst of a breakout season, following being the runner-up for the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year. His stats are up across the board and the Wolves are winning much more often than he did during his first season. NBA execs no longer question his ability to help a team’s winning percentage.

Anthony Edwards stats (2021-22): 22.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Earlier in the day, coach Chris Finch confirmed the team is vaccinated and is currently working toward being fully boosted.

Veteran T-Wolves forward Taurean Prince is also in the league’s health and safety protocols, as Moore mentioned. The Timberwolves are currently on a two-game winning streak and are at 13-15 this season, in ninth place in the Western Conference.