“Increased Optimism” Chris Finch Be Near Bench for Wolves-Nuggets Game 1 Despite Injury

Minnesota Timberwolves’ head coach, Chris Finch, is on the road to recovery after a tough blow last Sunday when he collided with point guard Mike Conley, leading to a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.

Reports from Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic indicated that. there’s a growing sense of optimism that Finch will be right there by his team’s bench when they kick off their Western Conference semifinal showdown against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday evening.

Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski also noted that assistant coach Micah Nori, who previously served as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets from 2015-2018, will step up to fill the gaps left by Finch’s limited mobility.

The incident unfolded during Game 4 of the Timberwolves’ first-round sweep of the Phoenix Suns, where Conley accidentally collided with Finch following a foul by Devin Booker.

Even with the setback, the Timberwolves pulled off a 122-116 victory. Despite undergoing surgery on Wednesday, the determined 54-year-old coach was back in action, leading the team’s practice on Thursday, although he needed crutches.

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