Timberwolves coach Chris Finch will undergo surgery on Wednesday; playoff coaching plan uncertain

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch will undergo surgery on Wednesday;  playoff coaching plan uncertain

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch will undergo knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right patellar tendon.

The Wolves open their NBA Western Conference semifinal series in Denver on Saturday, and the team is still figuring out how Finch can help coach from the bench, a source said Tuesday.

Finch, 54, will undergo surgery to repair the injury, which he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Wolves’ win in Phoenix on Sunday night as they wrapped up their first-round series. Wolves point guard Mike Conley collided with Finch after Suns guard Devin Booker pushed Conley out of bounds. Conley grabbed Finch to keep him from falling, but the coach twisted his right knee.

Assistant Micah Nori took over after Finch’s injury when Finch had to be taken off the floor for evaluation.

Post-surgery, Finch would likely have his leg immobilized as he begins the rehabilitation process, and he may not be able to watch Game 1 from the front row of the Wolves bench, as a precaution against anyone running into him again.

The team is evaluating all options, a source confirmed, regarding where Finch could best sit and interact with the team from the bench, while Nori could be the standing coach for the Wolves moving around the sidelines before games .

An ESPN report stated that Finch might remain in the locker room and interact with the team from there, but the Wolves are optimistic that they will be able to figure out a way for Finch to be present at the bench.

The Wolves had no media available Tuesday to formally discuss any plans the team might have for how they will handle Finch’s injury.

Game 2 of the Denver series is Monday, then there’s a three-day break before Game 3 takes place on May 10 at Target Center.

Finch was escorted from Footprint Center on Sunday night after the Wolves’ first playoff series victory since 2004. TNT cameras showed the team meeting him afterward in a room near the locker room and the team posted photos of Finch punching Anthony Edwards and hugged Karl. -Anthony Steden.

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