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Karl-Anthony Towns named Western Conference Player of the Week

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On Monday, Karl-Anthony Towns was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week (Nov 13-19). Towns was the focal point of a Minnesota team that went 3-1, during that stretch. It marked the 3rd time in KAT’s young career that he has received the award.

The 2015 NBA Draft’s 1st overall pick averaged 20.3 PPG and 12.3 RPG over the four games. The most impressive being his 26 point and 16 rebound performance against Gregg Popovich’s Spurs. Karl turned 22 years old last Tuesday. I wrote an article about how AMAZING he has been, up to this point. It’s evident the seven footer will only continue to improve, over the next few years. That has to be a SCARY thought for the rest of the Western Conference.

Many people consider Joel Embiid the most talented, young big man in the league. That’s fine. You can keep him Philadelphia. I’ll take Towns over anyone. We don’t need to limit our centers’ minutes, up in these parts. While we’re at it, what’s up Anthony Davis? You’re a freak, Brow. It’s unfortunate your limbs are held together with paper mache. Oh, you want to talk Kristaps Porzingis too? I don’t think the Latvian can hang down low with KAT. Porzingis averages just 7 rebounds per game vs KAT’s 11+. Fine, Porzingis can score this season (or at least has permission to shoot now that Melo is gone)… let’s see it for a full season. He and the Knicks come to Target Center on January 12th, 2018. CAN’T WAIT!

The award is a bright spot in what has been a rough few days, team-wise. After back-to-back losses to Detroit and Charlotte, the Wolves fell to 10-7 overall. Timberwolves Nation had the claws out after the Hornets game. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. I LOVE your passion. That shit gets me jacked up. With that said, this “Big Three” is still getting used to playing together. R-E-L-A-X.

Do you know another “Big Three” still getting acquainted with one another? Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. The trio came into the season with higher expectations than Towns, Butler, and Wiggins. They currently stand at 7-9 overall. OKC blew a 23 point lead last Friday to the Spurs. A Spurs team that we just beat.

Lebron joined Miami in 2009. That team started .500 through their first 22 games together. Despite the slow start, they went on to reach the NBA Finals.

What’s the point?

Historically, newly formed “Big Threes” usually get off to a sluggish start. This is the case (Keenum) with the Timberwolves. It’s NORMAL. There is no need to have a conniption. Just because MN lost two straight, the sky isn’t falling. In Embiid and 76ers like fashion, we need to “trust the process”.

Johnny Minnesota @mnsportsnstuff
Minnesota Sports Fan MinnesotaSportsFan.com

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