Karl-Anthony Towns 10 janvier 2022

Karl-Anthony Towns missed his meeting against the Clippers

It was the most important game of the season for Wolves. A match to win to validate their place for the Playoffs and at the same time make an appointment with the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. Mission accomplished for Minnesota, but not thanks to Karl-Anthony Towns.

It was a match that he had necessarily marked in red on his calendar. Accustomed to misery at Wolves despite qualifying for the Playoffs in 2018, KAT was finally facing a meeting with real stakes, a moment he had been waiting for a long time and deserved after the many hardships he had to go through. So inevitably, we were expecting it at the turn, as we expect all the stars at the turn when they find themselves facing the most important match of their season. We expected him to eat the Clippers’ racket, even if the latter had managed to contain him well during regular season meetings (PS: it was against LA in particular that Towns dropped their worst scoring game of the season with only 8 points). Result ? Charles-Antoine struggled, very much struggled. 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, only 3/11 in shooting including 0/2 from afar (5/6 in free throws), all in just 24 minutes. No, it’s not Jaylen Nowell’s stat line but that of Wolves’ usual MVP. As you can imagine, if KAT only played half of the match, it was because he was greatly disturbed by fouls (four at half-time, six in all, sent off eight minutes from the end) even if he did not need them to sit on the bench given the level displayed.

“They played a lot better without KAT on the pitch. »

Tyronn Lue, Clippers coach

We do not know if this is the issue that made Towns crack, but in any case he completely missed his tryst with the postseason. Between bad decisions, awkwardness and frustration, the evening was terrible for him. And as a symbol, it was without the Cat that Minnesota managed to fall behind in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter. From 93-86 for the Clippers, the score went to 109-104 for the Wolves, all with a KAT on the bench. Charles-Antoine’s buddies step-up at the best time to turn the tide, with Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell starring as Clippers tormentors. The two lieutenants fortunately did not go through (59 points between them) and thanks to the small contributions of each other as well as a completely possessed Pat Beverley, the scales ended up tipping in favor of the Wolves. You understood, Karl-Anthony Towns can say thank you to his friends because today, it is thanks to them that he was able to validate his ticket for the Playoffs. So obviously, we don’t forget KAT’s great campaign which greatly helped the Wolves to find themselves in this position, but we expect a completely different face from Charles-Antoine in the first round of the Playoffs against the Grizzlies.

The Wolves managed to earn their place in the Playoffs despite Karl-Anthony Towns, and that’s still quite a phrase when you think about it. Luckily for Wolves, they are not a one-man show and have just proven they can win a crucial game despite a beleaguered leader. A positive sign for the future, even if they risk taking a lot against Memphis if KAT does not get their head back in place.

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