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Karl-Anthony Towns eager to move on from dustup with Joel Embiid

Karl-Anthony Towns is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves after serving his two-game suspension for his role in last week’s melee with Joel Embiid.

Towns, who incidentally hyped the showdown with Embiid ahead of last week’s game, made it clear Tuesday that he wants nothing more but to move on from the dustup.

Instead, Towns hopes to focus on doing his part to help the Timberwolves take the next step, as relayed by Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“Listen I’m going to defend myself. I ain’t going to take nothing,” Towns said of his altercation with Embiid. “That’s a very … talented player. I just had to defend myself in that situation.”

The fight between Towns and Embiid came during the T-Wolves’ 117-95 loss to the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center last Wednesday. Things got pretty animated, even ugly, by conventional NBA brawl standards.

Things got even uglier off the court once the two combatants got online, as Towns and Embiid traded shots on social media, with some pretty nasty language and allegations getting thrown around amid the trash talk.

The dust seemingly has now settled — at least from Towns’ perspective — and the T-Wolves star is eager to turn the page. Minnesota, it merits noting, went 1-1 in Towns’ absence, blowing out the Washington Wizards by a score of 131-109 on Saturday before succumbing to a superior foe in a Monday’s 134-106 home-court loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Timberwolves now sit at a somewhat surprising 4-2. Towns undoubtedly is the T-Wolves’ best player, and there’s no doubt the team is ready to return to action with the superstar and unquestioned leader back in the fold.