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Karl-Anthony Towns played his first game since January 13 for the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the Clippers on Wednesday night. He missed 13 games, after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite admitting he was not mentally prepared to play, Towns finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Wolves’ 119-112 loss to the Clippers.

(via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk):

“I am a high-risk case,” Towns said. “COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights. One of the things that I told my sister when I got COVID was that, ‘Hey, I got it, and I don’t got a good version of it. I got a lot of COVID in me, but I am going to fight and beat it.'”

Towns lost his mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, and six other family members, due to complications from COVID-19. Minnesota’s superstar admitted his bout with the virus was tougher because he is more ‘genetically connected’ to his mother.

“Everyone’s case of COVID is totally different, every human and their underlying conditions are totally different. And my underlying conditions did not play in my favor at all for COVID, yet alone one of the most scariest parts for all of us in this organization and my immediate family is how genetically connected I am to my mother,” Towns said.