Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch wasn’t pleased with the way Karl-Anthony Towns was officiated during Tuesday’s 108-102 play-in tournament loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“He was in a heck of a rhythm until they whistled him to the bench,” Finch said postgame, according to Chris Hine of the Minnesota Star Tribune. “That was tough. We just never really had an offense from anywhere. He played a really good game.”
Towns stepped up for the shorthanded T-Wolves, posting 24 points, 11 boards, five assists, and three blocks. However, he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and overtime.
With 9:21 remaining in regulation play, Towns picked up his fifth personal foul while battling for rebounding position with Anthony Davis.
Minnesota was up 89-79 at the time, but Los Angeles cut that lead to three a little over a minute later.
When Towns checked back into the contest, the big man admitted he was more hesitant to attack because he didn’t want to foul out.
“Throughout the game, I was doing a good job attacking the rim, being really powerful getting to the rim, doing whatever I do,” Towns said. “When you get two fouls off flops, it makes it very difficult with five fouls to do something like that. (I didn’t) want to put my team in a bad position where I make an aggressive move and they flop, they get the call, and I’m out the game.”
Minnesota will attempt to keep its season alive Friday evening when it takes on the New Orleans Pelicans or Oklahoma City Thunder. The T-Wolves won two of their three regular-season meetings against the Pelicans and went 3-1 versus the Thunder.
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