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BBNBA: Towns’ monster night ends in a loss

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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Timberwolves are going through the hardest part of their schedule through the first three weeks after the All-Star break, and the meniscus injury to Jimmy Butler has made the task even harder. Karl-Anthony Towns has tried to step up in Butler’s absence, but teams will collapse on him in the paint in the fourth quarter. If the Timberwolves want to keep their spot at the 3 seed in the Western Conference, they’ll need to find another serviceable wing player outside of Andrew Wiggins until Butler can return.

Last night, Towns was a beast through three and a half quarters, but he was clearly worn out by the end of the game. In typical Tom Thibodeau coaching fashion, the Timberwolves only had three guys play minutes off the bench, which is the exact opposite way to coach a playoff team. Towns played 41 minutes and racked up 34 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough as the Wolves were outlasted by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Numbers:

 

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns108-99 loss to Trail Blazers3411-19 (1-3)172231-641
Julius Randle131-113 win over Heat258-13 (0-1)62112+1534
Bam Adebayo131-113 loss to Lakers156-7 (0-0)101021+530
De'Aaron Fox103-100 win over Nets178-15 (1-2)11223+326
Willie Cauley-Stein103-100 win over Nets177-14 (0-0)76001-1429
Skal Labissiere103-100 win over Nets115-10 (0-0)42211-825

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Philadelphia 76ers, 7pm ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET
  • Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks), 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Dallas Mavericks (Nerlens Noel) at Chicago Bulls, 8pm ET
  • Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles) at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress) at Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe), 8pm ET
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson) at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Brandon Knight), 9pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm ET on ESPN

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Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

1 Comment for BBNBA: Towns’ monster night ends in a loss



  1. runningunnin.454
    12:52 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like a good night for all.