Karl Anthony Towns back in the gym after heartbreak of WCF loss against Dallas

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Karl Anthony Towns back in the gym after heartbreak of WCF loss against Dallas

The Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Karl-Anthony Towns, were defeated in the Western Conference finals by the Dallas Mavericks. The series concluded on May 31st, and despite the recent loss, Towns is already back in the gym working on his conditioning as of June 8th.

He was at "Proactive Sports Performance," putting in the work following a dominant playoff run where his team exceeded expectations.

For the first time since 2004, the Timberwolves reached the Western Conference finals, thanks in large part to Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. The latter averaged 19.1 points on .466/.361/.855 shooting splits, 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. However, the Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic, proved too much to handle.

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Karl-Anthony Towns underperforms in Western Conference finals

The Wolves secured their second-most regular-season wins in franchise history with 56 wins. However, when it mattered most, at the Western Conference finals, they looked outsmarted.

For the Timberwolves, fouls were an issue the team could not sidestep throughout the series, particularly with star center Karl-Anthony Towns.

His struggles with scoring, combined with his loose foul rate (3.46 per game), played a role in the team's under-par performance. Moreover, he fouled out of three games.

For most of the series, he was always in the middle of foul trouble, which made him a liability on the defensive end.

Throughout the five games of the series, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 19.6 points per game on 38.5% shooting from the field.

His performance in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was subpar, scoring just 14 points on 5-18 shooting and missing all eight of his three-point attempts. Towns shooting struggles continued, as he shot a dismal 28.6% from deep in the series.

His inconsistency left Minnesota no choice but to lean even heavier into Anthony Edwards, who, despite being incredible, couldn't bail out the Timberwolves single-handedly.

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Edited by Krutik Jain
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