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The Minnesota Timberwolves performed in a postseason recreation for the primary time since 2004 on Sunday evening. The workforce competed valiantly, however finally, it couldn’t upend the top-seeded Houston Rockets, falling 104-101 to get into an Zero-1 gap within the collection. Regardless of the loss, there are causes for optimism, like the truth that the workforce was so near a highway win towards the perfect workforce within the league even if Karl-Anthony Cities struggled.

Cities performed 40 minutes on Sunday evening, going for a meager eight factors on 9 area objective makes an attempt. Whereas his 12 rebounds have been a optimistic signal, Cities averaged slightly greater than 21 factors per recreation in the course of the common season, so it wasn’t the dream postseason debut for Minnesota’s younger star.

Tom Thibodeau addressed Cities’ efficiency after the sport and challenged his younger star to impose himself offensively because the collection goes on, saying that “he’s bought to be extra energetic.”

“You run the ground,” Thibodeau mentioned of how Cities could be extra energetic, in keeping with Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “Kick the ball out, repost, hold shifting round, search it out, get to the offensive board. You’ve bought to dash round. You study when groups are double-teaming you, that’s what it’s important to do. It’s a must to make the appropriate play. You additionally should get to positions wherein it’s troublesome for them to double-team you. Transition’s a giant a part of that. You’ve bought to run the ground.”

Thibodeau has come beneath hearth for his rotations in Recreation 1, as Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford performed 24 and 26 minutes, respectively. Rose was additionally the Timberwolves participant with the best utilization — it was increased than when you added up the utilization share of Cities and Jimmy Butler.

Nonetheless, even if he’s getting guarded by an impressive defensive large man in Clint Capela, Cities might stand to impose himself a bit extra. His 9 area objective makes an attempt are completely one thing he can enhance on, and maybe that is solely a case of him having the jitters in his first profession postseason recreation. And if it’s not, and that is what the remainder of the collection seems to be like for City and the Timberwolves? Effectively, perhaps Charles Barkley was onto one thing.

(Through ESPN)

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