After the Minnesota Timberwolves fell behind 0-2 in their first-round series against the Houston Rockets with a 102-82 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday night, head coach Tom Thibodeau made it clear he expects more out of his stars.
Thibodeau told reporters that Karl-Anthony Towns needs to change the way he's playing, via NBA TV:
Towns—who averaged 21.3 points during the regular season—had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and one block in Game 2. That followed an eight-point, 12-board performance in his playoff debut Sunday.
Minnesota managed to hang around in Game 1 despite a low-scoring night out of its 7'0", 248-pound center. However, Houston blew the Timberwolves off the court after the opening period Wednesday.
It bears watching how Towns responds to his coach's critical comments as the series shifts to Minnesota. Game 3 tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.