For Karl-Anthony Towns, a Mother’s Day to forget • Basket USA

For Karl-Anthony Towns, a Mother’s Day to forget • Basket USA
For Karl-Anthony Towns, a Mother’s Day to forget • Basket USA

There will be a lot of emotions, especially for guys like Ant’ and me. […] We would like to put in some great performances for our mothers who have the best seats here at the Target Center. » Thus expressed Karl-Anthony Towns at the end of Game 3, looking ahead to the fourth round against the Nuggets.

A match scheduled for Sunday May 12, Mother’s Day in the United States. And so a very symbolic moment for Anthony Edwards who lost his own, Yvette, when he was a teenager, where the mother of the Wolves interior, Jackie Cruz-Towns, died in April 2020 from Covid.

During this Game 4, the “KAT” was not at all able to keep this stated promise. A first missed shot near the circle, a 3-point attempt much too short, a little missed tap… The interior, harassed by Aaron Gordon in particular, missed its first seven shots.

It was not until midway through the second quarter that he got the better of Michael Porter Jr. in the post and converted his first basket of the game. At the break, his ratio was chilling: 1/10 on shots.

I just wanted to keep taking the shots I was given. Continue to be aggressive and put pressure on the defense. Things didn’t work out today. I take responsibility for it », he displays. A speech and an attitude appreciated by his teammate Anthony Edwards.

Too much precipitation

He’s a superstar. He gets paid to put the ball in the circle. I always tell him, ‘Never stop shooting because you missed five or six shots. I do not care at all. For us to win, we need you to score.’ I’m glad he was aggressive all night. It’s a victory for us tonight », congratulates the rear.

Their interior continued to shoot well after the break and had the merit of converting half of their attempts in the second half. For a final line of 13 points (5/18 on shots including 1/4 from distance), 12 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. “ I think he rushed a lot of things, the physical dimension made him break away from his habits a little. », Judge Chris Finch.

He is probably thinking of this shot sent in the middle of the third quarter. Anthony Edwards had just tried to push the tempo, but the Nuggets defense did well to annihilate the transition game. Which did not prevent Karl-Anthony Towns, although challenged by Nikola Jokic, from trying his luck behind the arc with 16 seconds still in possession. A big brick.

I know I’ve been working, so I feel confident about that. This was clearly seen during these playoffs. It’s unfortunate that on Mother’s Day I had such a great shooting performance. But that’s how it happens “, puts into perspective the interior which calls for the Wolves locker room to rely on the ” fraternity » built during the year, in good times and bad.

Karl-Anthony Towns Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts L.F. Off Def Early Pd Party Int Bp Ct Pts
2015-16 MIN 82 32 54.3 34.1 81.1 2.8 7.7 10.4 2.0 3.0 0.7 2.2 1.7 18.3
2016-17 MIN 82 37 54.2 36.7 83.2 3.6 8.7 12.3 2.7 2.9 0.7 2.6 1.3 25.1
2017-18 MIN 82 36 54.5 42.1 85.8 2.9 9.4 12.3 2.4 3.5 0.8 1.9 1.4 21.3
2018-19 MIN 77 33 51.8 40.0 83.6 3.4 9.0 12.4 3.4 3.8 0.9 3.1 1.6 24.4
2019-20 MIN 35 34 50.8 41.2 79.6 2.7 8.1 10.8 4.4 3.3 0.9 3.1 1.2 26.5
2020-21 MIN 50 34 48.6 38.7 85.9 2.7 7.9 10.6 4.5 3.7 0.8 3.2 1.1 24.8
2021-22 MIN 74 34 52.9 41.0 82.2 2.6 7.2 9.8 3.6 3.6 1.0 3.1 1.1 24.6
2022-23 MIN 29 33 49.5 36.6 87.4 1.7 6.5 8.1 4.8 3.8 0.7 3.0 0.6 20.8
2023-24 MIN 62 33 50.4 41.6 87.3 1.5 6.8 8.3 3.1 3.3 0.7 2.9 0.7 21.8
Total 573 34 52.4 39.8 83.9 2.8 8.1 10.8 3.2 3.4 0.8 2.7 1.3 22.9

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.

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