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T-Wolves’ Kyle Anderson leaves Game 1 vs. Suns with a hip pointer

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kyle Anderson left Game 1 against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center on Saturday with a hip injury and was ruled out for the remainder of Game 1.

Anderson came out less than two minutes into the second quarter after playing five minutes off the bench. In the five minutes, Anderson made one shot and committed two fouls.

With his two points and 19 others, the Minnesota bench scored Phoenix 21-6 at halftime.

Anderson played 79 games in the regular season for Minneosta, averaging 6.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on 46% shooting.

Without the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Anderson available, the T-Wolves don’t have as much length to rely on, but they still have Karl-Anthony Towns (6-foot-1), Rudy Gobert (1, 8-foot-1) 1), Naz Reid (6-foot-1) and Jaden McDaniels (6-foot-1) were all in the rotation.

It was that length that helped Minnesota build a 27-14 rebounding advantage over Phoenix in the first half, as Gobert led the way with nine boards.

Towns led his team in scoring with 13 points on seven shots, while Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 18 points on 12 shots.