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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 11: Karl-Anthony Towns, No. 32 Minnesota Timberwolves, in the Los Angeles Clippers game on February 11, 2019 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: The user acknowledges and expressly agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, the user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien / Getty Images)Getty

Even when he can not play, he can not stay away.

Friday night, after Karl-Anthony Towns had watched his 303 consecutive games and a consecutive start to the series, hit by a car accident that left him in the concussion protocol, Towns still wanted to be with his teammates . He happily reunited with his friends and family in the tunnel adjacent to the Madison Square Garden locker room, signing autographs and ensuring that he continues to be part of the action.

A basketball game was scheduled and, for the first time since college, Towns was not officially part of it when his team spoke, a 115-104 win Friday night against the New York Knicks on the road .

How was his accomplishment rare? According to Elias Sports Bureau: "The 303 consecutive starts of Towns to begin his career constitute the longest sequence of this type among all the players having made their debut since the beginning of the NBA in 1970-1971. The previous career debut series was 275 games by Damian Lillard. "

Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders understood that he had a psychological role to play in city surveillance, as well as logistical difficulties in preparing for a game without his most indispensable player.

"Yes, it was difficult," Saunders told reporters after Friday's match. "It was difficult, and I spent a lot of time with Karl today, and he's a competitor … He was not talking about his series, his record, or anything like that. to want to win for his teammates and want to be there to contribute to his teammates.And you know, this is the kind of guy that Karl is.And this is the kind of leader he has evolved.Now we are looking for to recover it, when that happens. "

The respect of his teammates, veterinarians and young contributors, was also evident in the post-match Minnesota locker room. Taj Gibson, who took Towns' place in the starter training, felt the trauma of driving in front of what he described as "a crazy car crash", to be touched later with the lorry. information that his teammate was in this wreck.

"We had a good training yesterday," said Gibson. "We just knew we had to play and play hard, try to win and we had a good practice session yesterday, but it's still hard to go back, try to take your wind, try to take your pace, so I'm happy to be able to pull one out. "

Gibson said his reunion with Towns was even happier.

"The first thing [when] I saw him, ran to him and hugged him, "Gibson said. Because I really passed in front of the car, the battery. It was a bunch of cars on the side of the highway and I just thought, I was praying, I hope everyone in this wreck goes well. We arrive in New York. I did not know that he was in it. And I'm just happy that he's fine. That's the main thing. "

Towns remains in the concussion protocol for now, as the Timberwolves continue to understand how to do something that no Towns team has since his teenage years: win without him.

"Everyone has to take over," said Gibson. "Everyone has to contribute, everything is always ready, you know what I'm saying, we have to go and use very good veterans."

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 11: Karl-Anthony Towns, No. 32 Minnesota Timberwolves, in the Los Angeles Clippers game on February 11, 2019 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: The user acknowledges and expressly agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, the user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien / Getty Images) Getty

Even when he can not play, he can not stay away.

Friday night, after Karl-Anthony Towns had watched his 303 consecutive games and a consecutive start to the series, hit by a car accident that left him in the concussion protocol, Towns still wanted to be with his teammates . He happily reunited with his friends and family in the tunnel adjacent to the Madison Square Garden locker room, signing autographs and ensuring that he continues to be part of the action.

A basketball game was scheduled and, for the first time since college, Towns was not officially part of it when his team spoke, a 115-104 win Friday night against the New York Knicks on the road .

How was his accomplishment rare? According to Elias Sports Bureau: "The 303 consecutive starts of Towns to start his career are the longest such sequence among all the players who make their debut since the NBA started following the starters in 1970-1971. Beginning series to start a career was 275 games by Damian Lillard ".

Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders understood that he had a psychological role to play in city surveillance, as well as logistical difficulties in preparing for a game without his most indispensable player.

"Yes, it was difficult," Saunders told reporters after Friday's match. "It was difficult, and I spent a lot of time with Karl today, and he's a competitor … He was not talking about his series, his record, or anything like that. to want to win for his teammates and want to be there to contribute to his teammates.And you know, this is the kind of guy that Karl is.And this is the kind of leader he has evolved.Now we are looking for to recover it, when that happens. "

The respect of his teammates, veterinarians and young contributors, was also evident in the post-match Minnesota locker room. Taj Gibson, who took Towns' place in the starter training, felt the trauma of driving in front of what he described as "a crazy car crash", to be touched later with the lorry. information that his teammate was in this wreck.

"We had a good training yesterday," said Gibson. "We just knew we had to play and play hard, try to win and we had a good practice session yesterday, but it's still hard to go back, try to take your wind, try to take your pace, so I'm happy to be able to pull one out. "

Gibson said his reunion with Towns was even happier.

"The first thing [when] I saw him, ran to him and hugged him, "Gibson said. Because I really passed in front of the car, the battery. It was a bunch of cars on the side of the highway and I just thought, I was praying, I hope everyone in this wreck goes well. We arrive in New York. I did not know that he was in it. And I'm just happy that he's fine. That's the main thing. "

Towns remains in the concussion protocol for now, as the Timberwolves continue to understand how to do something that no Towns team has since his teenage years: win without him.

"Everyone has to take over," said Gibson. "Everyone has to contribute, everything is always ready, you know what I'm saying, we have to go and use very good veterans."

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