Timberwolves’ Jaden McDaniels Ankle Progresses Well, Cleared for Individual Court Work

‣ The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that forward Jaden McDaniels is recovering well from a Grade 1 right lateral ankle sprain and has been cleared for individual on-court work.
‣ Guard Jordan McLaughlin (knee) is also progressing and now participating in 5-on-5 practices.
‣ The Timberwolves are currently on a four-game win streak and hold an 86.1% chance of defeating San Antonio in their next game.

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So, the Minnesota Timberwolves have got some news. On Tuesday, they announced that Jaden McDaniels, their forward, is doing pretty well. He’s even been cleared for some individual on-court work. He’s a 6-foot-9 wing, and they’re gonna check him out again in a week.

McDaniels, who’s 23, got injured during the first quarter of a game. It was Minnesota’s 117-100 win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 20. An MRI a few weeks ago confirmed it was a Grade 1 right lateral ankle sprain.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might wanna know that the Timberwolves hold 17th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.

McDaniels has had a good run. In 79 starts of the 2022-23 season, he averaged career highs of 12.1 points, 1.9 assists, and 30.6 minutes per game. He also shot a career-best 39.8% from 3-point range.

He did particularly well in a couple of games. He recorded a career-high 25 points in a 139-131 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Mar. 17, 2023, and in a 125-124 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Mar. 22.

Fast forward to the 2023-24 season, McDaniels is averaging 9.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 23.6 minutes per game in his 11 starts. He’s shooting a career-best 58.2% from the floor and 37.9% outside the arc.

There’s more good news. Guard Jordan McLaughlin (knee) is also making progress and is now participating in 5-on-5 practices. Guard Anthony Edwards (hip) is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs.

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Forward Jaylen Clark (Achilles) has been downgraded to out. San Antonio is entering this matchup on a 14-game losing streak. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 2 at Phoenix.

The Spurs’ longest losing streak in their franchise history is 16 games, set during the 2022-23 season. As for the Timberwolves, they’re currently on a four-game win streak. In fact, Minnesota is 10-1 in its last 11 home games.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Timberwolves hold an 86.1% chance of defeating San Antonio. NBA sportsbooks show Minnesota as a heavy 12-point favorite at home.

And here’s a fun fact. This will be the Wolves’ first nationally televised game of the 2023-24 season.

James Shotwell
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