The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the playoffs, after coming from behind to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104. The TWolves out-scored the Clippers 31-20 in the fourth quarter, and were carried by two of their stars. Sadly for Karl-Anthony Towns, he was not one of them.
Towns had easily one of the worst games of his pro career. He finished with 11 points on 3-11 shooting, with five rebounds, four turnovers and six fouls. Yes, he had more fouls than rebounds. Towns fouled out of the game with a little over seven minutes remaining. It was at that point that the TWolves turned it on.
As the game played out, fans on Twitter were roasting the Minnesota big man.
The top highlight of Karl Anthony Towns night, and many other nights.
Jordyn Woods embraces him afterwards. pic.twitter.com/w4hABLp4Dh
— Andrew Jones (@TWDTV1) April 13, 2022
karl anthony towns when the lights get too bright pic.twitter.com/BpkMoMyP6X
— BULLYBALL (@RealBullyBall) April 13, 2022
The world is seeing the real Anthony Edwards. Unfortunately they’re also seeing the real Karl Anthony Towns…
— Zach (@zproberts) April 13, 2022
KARL ANTHONY TOWNS JUST GAVE US THE LOWEST IQ PLAYOFF PERFORMANCE OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!
— 🏆LakersGuru🏆 (@GuruLakers) April 13, 2022
Karl-Anthony Towns tonight:
3/11 FG (27.3%)
0/2 3PT (0%)
Choked when his team needed him most, in the biggest game of the year. pic.twitter.com/yuUNpB2sj8
— Pranav Sriraman (@PranavSriraman) April 13, 2022
Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns pic.twitter.com/zehhPtcl3v
— Cooper (@CoopCarlson) April 13, 2022
That last one references how the TWolves superstar center was saved by his teammates. Anthony Edwards led the team with 30 points on 10-21 shooting. Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell was even more efficient, hitting 10 of 18 shots for 29 points. He also ripped three steals in the game.
Towns found himself in foul trouble all game long. He picked up his fourth foul late in the second quarter. Granted, the question as to why he would even be in the game with three fouls in the first half is a valid one for head coach Chris Finch.
Nevertheless, the TWolves center could never get into a rhythm in the biggest pro game of his career. He seemed out of sorts all game, with the Clippers constantly doubling him in the paint. He was not assertive with the basketball, which led to a couple of his turnovers.
He will most certainly play much, much better if the TWolves have any chance at beating the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs.