Karl-Anthony Towns After Timberwolves' Blowout Loss: 'We Already Moved On'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns isn't wasting time dwelling on Monday night's 119-100 defeat to the Houston Rockets in the 2018 NBA playoffs.

"We already moved on, we gotta get ready for the next game," Towns said after the Game 4 loss at Target Center. "... We don't have any time to put our heads down and look for excuses."

NBA TV shared Towns' full comments:

If you only look at the first, second and fourth quarters, the Timberwolves outscored the Rockets 80-69. But Houston dominated in the third quarter, pouring in 50 points. According to ESPN Stats & Info, only the 1961-62 Los Angeles Lakers scored more points (51) over a single quarter in the postseason.

Having a short memory is the right approach for Minnesota after such a deflating defeat at home, but it may not make much of a difference in the series, as the Timberwolves stare at a 3-1 deficit.

Jimmy Butler is averaging 17.8 points in the series, down from his season average of 22.2, while Clint Capela has helped neutralize Towns inside. The 2016 Rookie of the Year had 22 points Monday, but he's still averaging an underwhelming 13.3 points over the four games.

Until the Timberwolves get more from their two best players, they have little chance of upsetting the top seed in the Western Conference.

Not to mention, Minnesota must now win three straight games against a team that hasn't suffered back-to-back defeats since early January.

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