Inside Karl-Anthony Towns’ mindset: Timberwolves star ‘locked in’ against Grizzlies

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was subbed out of Game 3 on Thursday and let out his frustration as he walked by teammates en route to his seat.

“Get me the motherf***ing ball,” he shouted at teammates as he took his seat during the first-round playoff matchup. “These motherf***ers can’t guard me. S***, let’s go.”

The Timberwolves didn’t get him the ball, resulting in the three-time All-Star shooting only four times in 33 minutes of play. His team’s inability to work him into the offense contributed to a monumental collapse that ended in an 104-95 defeat.

Towns was left enraged, down 2-1 with Memphis on the cusp of gaining complete control of the series. When asked about his touches, he hit reporters with a “next question.”

Throughout that game, Towns was overly conversational, whether it was voicing exasperation, supporting teammates or trash talking.

In a critical Game 4 on Saturday, Towns was the exact opposite. He emerged from the tunnel for his pregame workout with a scowl and didn’t make eye contact with anyone for potential brief greetings or chats. He didn’t say a word while taking his pregame shots.