Towns totaled 33 points (12-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 23 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Saturday's 112-99 win over the Grizzlies.
Towns hauled in 20-plus boards for the second time in the last three games, and for the eighth time through 70 appearances this season. The 23-year-old big man has continued to raise his scoring average (24.7 per game) as the year has progressed, and he could ultimately surpass his previous career high in that area (25.1 points per game in 2016-17). Regardless, he's averaging career highs in rebounding, assists, threes, and steals while matching his best blocks average. Despite the fact that the Timberwolves have been eliminated from playoff contention, Towns and company seem to be focused on finishing strong and building some positive momentum heading into the offseason.
Towns followed up a 26 point, 21 rebound game against Golden State with another huge stat line on Thursday. Over his last four games, Towns has averaged an extremely productive line of 27.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 blocks as one of the league's most valuable fantasy big men.
Towns is playing through a sore knee, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
This isn't exactly new information, as Towns has missed three games over the last month with a sore knee, but he continues to play through the ailment, even as the Wolves fall further out of the playoff picture. Towns has played 32.2 minutes per game over his last 11 contests, and while he continues to be among the league's best fantasy assets, it's possible the Wolves could hold him out of a few games down the stretch for precautionary reasons.
Towns produced his sixth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season in Tuesday's loss. It's his second such game in his last 10 contests, and over that productive stretch, he's averaged 32.8 points, 13/1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Towns finished with 22 points (8-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in 29 minutes during Sunday's 117-102 loss to the Rockets.
Towns managed another double-double in Sunday's loss but shot just 8-of-22 from the field. Clint Capela did a good job defending Towns, however, this was arguably Towns' best game against the Rockets big man. He should continue to be a beast down the stretch, even with the Timberwolves out of playoff contention. It is unlikely he will be rested given his work ethic and commitment to playing, meaning he could push to be the number one player over the final weeks of the season.
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