After struggling and fighting for years to get his team back in the playoffs, Towns has been mostly invisible in the first round.
While he put up 29 points in the first game (the team’s only win) he has since only secured 15 points in Game 2 and, shockingly, 8 in Game 3.
In fact, he recorded more fouls than shots in Game 3.
He ended the game with five fouls, something he was very unhappy about.
And his response to that stat totally missed the point.
Asked if there are things he can sacrifice to avoid foul trouble, Karl-Anthony Towns said postgame that he's already started doing that by no longer crashing the offensive glass from the outside "just to possibly take any idea of giving me a foul out".
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) April 22, 2022
Towns’ plan to avoid foul trouble moving forward is to avoid crashing the offensive glass in order to not risk any chance of getting a foul.
That plan wouldn’t stop him from getting fouls and it would also ruin the team’s chance of getting much-needed rebounds.
Towns’ response also skirts all responsibility and places the blame solely on the refs.
The truth is that Towns can avoid getting calls if he simply stops fouling players.
The big man has been having some trouble controlling himself on the floor lately and many of the calls against him are totally justified.
Fans of the team are concerned by Towns refusing to take responsibility for himself and instead blame the foul issues he’s having on the officials calling the game.
That sort of attitude doesn’t build a championship team.
If Towns and his T-Wolves are going to turn things around and find success in this series, they will all need to look at themselves honestly.
Towns’ response on Thursday night suggests that isn’t happening.