Timberwolves relieved to get second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Karl-Anthony Towns said "I think it’s important for all of us to get vaccinated if we want to see life come back to normal."

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is blocked by Houston Rockets forward Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter Tueday, April 27, 2021, at Toyota Center. Thomas Shea / USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns walked into his post game media call with reporters Thursday night, rolled up he sleeve and revealed his bandage with pride.

His arm was a signal of his second COVID-19 vaccination, and that he was soon to be protected from the virus that’d so severely hit so many of his family members, even taking the life of his mother last year.

“You get the second dose, probably feel (bad), but guess what, we got it done. So I love it,” Towns said. “I’m excited to be fully vaccinated finally. I’ve said it before and will say it again, I think it’s important for all of us to get vaccinated if we want to see life come back to normal. We all gotta make the sacrifice and make the effort to go get the vaccine.”

Towns, his teammates and many other members of the Timberwolves’ organization took such measures this week.

“It’s kind of a relief. Little bit of excitement at the same time, it allows you to get back to normal as we move towards our threshold here,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “We can start operating with less constraints. … Offseason scheduling and all that kind of stuff will be a little easier to manage. That’s what’s most important, so we’re all looking forward to that.”


Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt admitted he was “a little skeptical” about the vaccine at first, but ultimately decided to get the shot.

“Once I got it, I felt good about it, not only for me, but for the people around me,” Vanderbilt said. “I was trying to make a safer environment for all of us. I feel good about it. It was a little bit of a sigh of relief.”

Finch said it was a “mixed bag” of side effects between those who got the second dose.

“Some guys felt it, some guys were OK,” Finch said. “Nobody was reporting anything untoward (Saturday) at shootaround.”

Everyone was good to go for Saturday’s contest against New Orleans.

“Me personally, I’m good right now,” Vanderbilt said. “I felt it a little bit (Friday). A little headache and a little body ache.”

Vegas a non-believer

The Timberwolves’ winning streak has intoxicated its most loyal fans, but sports books are yet to buy into the team’s success.

Minnesota was a hefty underdog in both of its games against Utah, was a narrow favorite against Houston — the worst team in the league — and was an underdog again at home Thursday against Golden State.


But the Wolves won all of those games. And they’d beaten New Orleans in each of their prior two meetings this season. So logic would suggest Minnesota would be a favorite Saturday at Target Center against the Pelicans, a fringe playoff team.

Nope, Minnesota was a four-point underdog.

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