Tom Thibodeau: Karl-Anthony Towns Has to 'Run the Floor' After Game 2 Loss

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 15:  Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket defended by PJ Tucker #4 of the Houston Rockets in the second half during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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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. 

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