Karl-Anthony Towns returned for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday after missing over a month with a knee sprain and illness, and during that time the center's name was still in headlines.
IN took a six point lead into the final quarter, but saw the Timberwolves go up by one with six minutes to play.
"He hasn't played for a while, so you have to take all those things into account", Saunders said before the game. IN has a 26-9 record when scoring more than 100 points.More news: Harrowing video shows group of migrants try to storm Mexican border
Admittedly, coach Ryan Saunders played it safe with Towns, who last played December 13. Saunders said Crabbe is expected to join the team Saturday in Minneapolis. "I think, big picture, it's just a different game".
Wiggins backed Towns with 22 points, while Josh Okogie had 15, Jarrett Culver 12, Napier 12 to go with a team-high nine assists, and Covington nine to complement a game-high 10 rebounds.
Yet rumors have swirled in recent weeks that teams across the league are monitoring his status in Minnesota, wondering if he's happy being on a team that has made the postseason just once in the past 15 seasons and is now near the bottom of the Western Conference standings once again.More news: Normal People Trailer: First Look at Hulu's Romantic Drama
The 24-year-old, however, seems unbothered by those rumors.
The Pacers have gone 16-5 in home games. Very fortunate I have a head coach like Ryan, a president and friend like [Gersson Rosas]. This is something that's going to be done as a family.More news: Still not over yet: Snow, wind and rain coming to Vancouver Island