Shaquille O'Neal has an advice for Karl-Anthony Towns

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Despite the loss, there are reasons for optimism, like the fact that the team was so close to a road win against the best team in the league despite the fact that Karl-Anthony Towns struggled. "Kick the ball out, repost, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board".

No less an authority than Charles Barkley called out the Timberwolves' offensive execution on TNT's post game show, as the Rockets switched pick-and-rolls and left Towns matched up with a smaller guard regularly. "You got to sprint around".

"You learn when teams are double-teaming you - that's what you have to do".

During an episode of Inside the NBA, Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says Towns needs to start being more aggressive and demand the ball.

"You run the floor", Thibodeau said. And so you also have to get to positions in which where it's hard for them to double-team.

Towns' coaches and teammates have his back, and they'll certainly help him get more quality looks in Game 2. You have to make the right play. Transition's a big part of that.

Towns accepted accountability for his performance, as he often does practically to a fault.

After the game, Shaquille O'Neal (a man who should have credibility due to his vast experience as a 7-foot tall National Basketball Association star with more than 200 career playoff starts) gave his two cents on how KAT can improve after his first career postseason contest.

"I've got to be better all the way around", the center said after finishing with just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

How did the Rockets limit him?

Apart from taking a long two when a 3 was needed to tie the game in the final seconds, Jimmy Butler had 13 points on 4-for-11 from the floor and could do nothing on the defensive end with James Harden.

"We have such talented players that sometimes the game plan is that". But, whatever, way crazier things have happened. Thanks to an extra day off between games, Thibodeau has time to find ways to run some offense through Towns in Game 2.

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