Anthony Edwards Misses Tip-Off in Wolves-Blazers Game for Amusing Reason

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Anthony Edwards had to come off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at the Target Center.   

It was the first time since his rookie year that he had to do so. Edwards didn't miss the start because he was being punished or had to take a break.   

It is quite amusing to see that the star guard for the Timberwolves simply did not show up for the game versus the Blazers since he was preoccupied with something else the entire time.   

Consequently, Edwards could be seen in the background of the television broadcast as it panned out for the first tip. He was crouching in front of the scorers' table, waiting to enter the game.   

Nickeil Alexander-Walker took Edwards' place in the Wolves' starting group, and he finally checked into the game at the start of the second quarter, with 11:25 left to play.   

In 35 minutes, he scored 13 points, gave out six passes, grabbed four rebounds, and stole the ball. It had been since January 27, 2021, when he played against the Golden State Warriors as a rookie and came off the bench.  

A report from the Associated Press says that when asked why he was late, Edwards said he "lost track of time." The AP says that Edwards usually works out with resistance bands outside of his locker room before games.   

However, it's not clear if that's why he was late to Monday's tip.Edwards left the game for a short time in the third quarter because of a sprained arm, but he later came back.   

Edwards, who is 22 years old, has played in 59 games this season and averages 26.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.  

With a 43–19 record, the Timberwolves have the best record in the Western Conference. On Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, they will play on the road against the 34–28 Indiana Pacers.  

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