Thibs on Towns' 8 points: Gotta be more active
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By Tim MacMahonESPN Staff Writer

HOUSTON -- Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns to play with more energy after Towns was an offensive afterthought in his playoff debut.

Towns scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in the Timberwolves' 104-101 loss to the Houston Rockets in Sunday's Game 1. Thibodeau noted that the Rockets' strategy of switching and double-teaming Towns was effective, but he put much of the onus for the off night on the 22-year-old big man's shoulders.

"He's got to be more active," Thibodeau said.

The Minnesota Timberwolves kept their first playoff game in 14 years close, but Houston had too much from MVP frontrunner James Harden and lob mate Clint Capela.

Towns was held to fewer than eight points only twice in the regular season, when he averaged 21.3 points per game. He attempted nine or fewer field goals in 11 games, an alarming number for a 7-footer with Towns' wide array of skills, capable of scoring as a post-up player, as a spot-up shooter and off the dribble.

Thibodeau especially emphasized getting out in transition when asked how Towns should be more active against a Rockets' defensive scheme that makes him a focal...

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