Thibodeau says Towns needs to 'be more active' after lackluster playoff debut

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2018

"Kick the ball out, repost, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board". However, the Wolves are not just relying on the hope that Towns comes out stronger on Wednesday, they're looking at ways to help him adjust his game. "You got to sprint around". But you've got to run the floor.

"You learn when teams are double-teaming you - that's what you have to do". "If they're going to double team that means it's going to be easier for other people, and if they're going to switch you have to make the right read".

Karl-Anthony Towns made a minimal impact in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 104-101 loss to the Houston Rockets Sunday at Toyota Center, a problem that clearly needs to change before Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. You also have to get to positions in which it's hard for them to double-team. Transition's a big part of that.

For his part, Towns owned up to his underwhelming performance.

After the game, Shaquille O'Neal (a man who should have credibility due to his vast experience as a 7-foot tall National Basketball Association star with more than 200 career playoff starts) gave his two cents on how KAT can improve after his first career postseason contest.

In contrast, Houston center Clint Capela enjoyed a dominant night as he posted a playoff-career-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, along with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

How did the Rockets limit him? The latter circumstance is hardly unique, but "Jimmy Buckets" is falling under the radar as a Game 1 failure for the Timberwolves.

"We have such talented players that sometimes the game plan is that".

Assertively demanding touches is one thing, but taking the ball away from inefficient players is a coaching adjustment that is too obvious not to happen.

"It's not a one-on-one game", said Thibodeau.

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