Towns totaled 18 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 FT, 7-7 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over Houston. Towns got off to another slow start, failing to score a single point in the entire first quarter. He slowly got things going, however, putting up his best line of the post-season so far. He appeared far more aggressive on the offensive end which had a positive effect on his defensive plays. He appeared far more energized in this one and the Wolves are going to need him to be at his best if they hope to head back to Houston locked at two.
Towns mustered just five points (2-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT) but added 10 rebounds, one steal and one block across 24 minutes during Minnesota's 102-82 loss to the Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Towns scored all five of his points in the first quarter and appeared to be stymied by the Rockets' frequent use of the physical duo of Clint Capela and Nene Hilario against him down low. The star big man has significantly underwhelmed offensively during the first two games of the series, shooting just 27.8 percent on his way to an average of 6.5 points, a figure dramatically below his season figure of 21.3. Towns will need to considerably boost his contributions in Saturday's Game 3 for the Timberwolves to have any chance of slicing their 2-0 series deficit in half.
Towns managed eight points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one block across 40 minutes during Minnesota's 104-101 loss to the Rockets during Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Towns was unusually limited on offense in Game 1 after averaging 23.8 points in four regular-season games against the Rockets. The All-Star big man did turn in a typically strong effort on the boards, with Sunday's contest marking his fifth straight with double-digit rebounds dating back to the tail end of the regular season. Given that his nine shot attempts were his fewest since March 2, Towns is likely primed for a boost in usage in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Towns tallied 26 points (12-19 FG, 2-2 FG), 14 rebounds, two assists and one block across 47 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 win over the Nuggets. Towns led the team in minutes played as the game required an overtime period to decide it, finishing above his season average in scoring as he knocked down 63 percent of his shot attempts. He also led the team in rebounding by a wide margin en route to yet another double-double. Towns finishes the regular season with averages of 21.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, but most importantly he helped the franchise to its first playoff berth in 13 seasons.
Towns contributed 24 points (11-14 FG, 2-3 FT), 18 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Monday's 113-94 win over the Grizzlies. Towns matched Jeff Teague for the team high in scoring, but did so on five fewer shot attempts. Expect the All-Star center to remain on the floor for heavy minutes during Wednesday's season finale versus the Nuggets, the winner of which earns the final playoff spot available in the Western Conference.
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