Karl-Anthony Towns explains why he's not satisfied with his 47-point game
After the two-point loss to the Knicks and a career night, Towns said, 'I've got to do more'
Karl-Anthony Towns made his first 10 shots Wednesday. He scored 22 points in the first quarter. He scored a career-high 47 points against the New York Knicks, shooting 15 for 22 (and 17 for 20 from the free-throw line). He also recorded two assists, a steal and three blocks in 42 minutes ... but it wasn't enough to get a win.
True to form, the 21-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves big man was not impressed with himself. After the 106-104 loss, thanks in part to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's clutch jumper, Towns was critical of his performance.
"I had miscues where I let things slide away," Towns said, via Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:. "I missed three free throws, missed some rebounds, missed some shots I should have made. I've got to do more. I've got to do more. It's one of those nights."
Only two players in NBA history younger than Towns have recorded a 45-point, 15-rebound game: Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 and Kevin Durant in 2009. He played close to a perfect game. He never wants to sound satisfied, though, and he'll never be happy after a loss.
To say "I've got to do more" after scoring 47 points and grabbing 18 rebounds is inherently ridiculous, to the point where you have to wonder whether or not it's genuine. With most players, it probably wouldn't be, but Towns seems different. Here's a quote from Kentucky coach John Calipari to SLAM's Adam Figman that sums him up well:
"You think he's fake, because you can't be that nice a guy," Cal says. "I know when you first meet him and you're around him and you're with him for a few days, [you think] this isn't real stuff, like, he's the best BSer I've ever seen. Then after being around him you're just like, 'Holy Jesus, this is who this kid is."
Towns blames himself for pretty much every Minnesota loss these days, routinely saying that he has a responsibility to play better. Of course, he is averaging 22.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 50 percent and making 37.5 percent of his 4.0 3-point attempts, historic numbers for someone in his second season.
If the 5-13 Wolves fail to meet preseason expectations and qualify for the playoffs as soon as some observers predicted, it will not be because they don't want it badly enough. Their franchise player is obsessed with winning to the point where it sounds a little crazy, and he's getting better and better. This bodes well for their future.
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