Karl-Anthony Towns appears frustrated amid Timberwolves losses
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns was visibly frustrated during Tuesday morning’s media availability. The former No. 1 overall pick noted that his team, which has lost ten consecutive games, needs to be “smarter all around.”
The Timberwolves are fresh off a disappointing matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Minnesota held a 27-point advantage at one point in the game, but a career-high 42-point effort from an inspired Buddy Hield led the Kings to a 133-129 overtime win.
The Kings trailed the Timberwolves by 17 points with 2:49 left in the 4th quarter.
Since 1996-97, the first year of play-by-play data, NBA teams entered the day 0-8,378 when trailing by 17 or more in the final 3 minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime.
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Towns, who wore a No. 24 jersey during the introductions of Monday’s game to honor Kobe Bryant’s passing, was asked to comment on the loss to the Kings during a break in Tuesday’s shootaround:
“Do you think everyone is committed right now?” a reporter asked Towns, who scored 23 points and eight rebounds in Monday’s loss.
“I do,” Towns replied with a straight face. “I think everyone is committed. We’ve just gotta be smarter — gotta be smarter all around.”
“No one wants to be a part of history books,” Towns added. “We put ourselves in the history books for the wrong reason.”
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The Timberwolves shot the ball fairly well in Monday’s game, going 48.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. However, the team struggled a bit from the free-throw line, missing 13 of their 33 attempts. Minnesota also racked up 20 turnovers.
The Wolves will look to snap their ten-game losing streak on Saturday, when they’ll face off against the Clippers inside the Staples Center.