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Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards misses start after showing up late to game

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Even NBA players are guilty of showing up late to work. 

Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards did not start for the team Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

To keep it plain and simple, Edwards was not there, so he could not start. However, right as the opening tip dropped, Edwards appeared at the scoring table, ready to check in.

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Anthony Edwards blows in hands

Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves warms up before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 4 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker started in place of Edwards – reminding us of the importance of “availability.”

As for Edwards’ absence … no one knows why the team’s top player couldn’t start. Perhaps the former No. 1 overall pick had to go No. 2 right before tip-off (just a guess).

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Check out the strange sequence:

Edwards had a choppy start to Monday’s game in more ways than one. 

Anthony Edwards looks on court

Edwards (#5) looks on during the Timberwolves’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 4 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Through 15 minutes of action, Edwards recorded two whopping points. He needs to get off to a faster start against the second-worst team in the West (17-42).

That is, if he’s looking to be the “next man up” as the face of the NBA (and there’s potential, on a skill level).

“Did he get lost?” one X commenter asked.

Anthony Edwards takes free throw

Edwards (#5) shoots a free throw against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 4 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Another user chimed in, “Put [Edwards] in before the tip there was plenty of time, or leave the other guy in for a while instead of making him play for seconds.”


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