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Anthony Edwards sprains right ankle, exits early vs. Bulls

Wolves' All-Star helped off the floor after spraining his right ankle in the 1st quarter of Friday's game.

Anthony Edwards goes down hard in the 1st quarter.

The Timberwolves have been holding steady out West, just 3.0 games back of fourth place and putting pressure on the Clippers and Warriors for the final two playoff slots.

But avoiding the Play-In Tournament could be tougher without All-Star guard Anthony Edwards, who sprained his right ankle Friday vs. the Bulls. Driving to his right in the 1st quarter, the 21-year-old twisted and rose for a jump bass back toward the left wing, tweaking his right ankle on the landing and immediately crumpling.

After grabbing at the foot and grimacing, Edwards was helped off the floor and initially ruled ‘questionable’ to return before being ruled out at halftime. He played 8:05 before the injury, scoring 8 points on 3-for-4 shooting.

The 2020 No. 1 overall pick had improved for a third straight season, again posting career highs across the board: 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.4 minutes per game.