“It’s Over”: Draymond Green Blames Karl Anthony-Towns For Exposing Anthony Edwards & Wolves’ Glaring Weakness

Published 05/15/2024, 6:44 AM EDT

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Draymond Green used his special goggles to dig out Towns’ blatant mistake post-Game 5. The Minnesota Timberwolves had a rough night on the court, being toyed around by a Serbian big man. Karl-Anthony Towns was the only person who could stage a counter-attack with his 23-point outing. However, he ended up as the main culprit by giving away the series to defending champions, as per the Golden State Warriors forward.

Speaking at the post-game analysis on TNT, DrayMagic didn’t mince his words while calling out the seven-footer. Notably, he even hailed Towns for guarding Nikola Jokić better than Rudy Gobert. But he followed it with a brutal dig. Green said, When you are in this playoff series, for me, I look for the smallest weakness that I can find. And the way Karl-Anthony Towns walked off that floor with that limp after he played the rest of the game, totally fine… They don’t believe anymore.” 

Pointing out the post-game antics after the 112-97 loss, Green predicted the result of the series. He added, “When you lose belief, it’s over. And they don’t believe they can win anymore, which means the series is over.” The 4x NBA Champ implied that Towns had lost belief when he pretended to limp after the game.


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In hindsight, Karl-Anthony Towns did injure his knee during the first quarter. He tripped on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and fell on his left knee. He seemed to have aggravated his left knee injury, which he surgically repaired two months ago. The star even missed around 15 games and returned right ahead of the postseason.

However, tonight, after staying off the court for a brief moment, he returned to the floor and played the entire game. In fact, he became the team-high scorer. This made Draymond Green turn skeptical of his limp after the game. He sure did have company in that belief as the panel broke into laughter when he mentioned Towns’ post-game antics.


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Should Karl-Anthony Towns replace Rudy Gobert as the team’s Center?

Rudy Gobert had yet another meltdown near the rim. Nikola Jokić literally treated him like a non-existent factor in the game as he almost won every one-on-one battle with his near the rim. On top of it, he baited plenty of fouls and foxed him throughout the game.

On the other hand, Draymond Green felt Towns did a better job guarding Joker. The French big man also didn’t behave as if he won his 4th DPOY award. Speaking of the game, he again didn’t have an answer for Jokic.


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He said, “He was in the zone… We’re going to watch the film and I think there are things we should have done better, but there’s also plays he made that I think are tough to overcome.” 

While the Wolves don’t really have time to gamble with their gut feeling. Taking Green’s words into consideration, the Wolves can replace Gobert with Towns in the center position. And also rope in Naz Reid into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Gobert could do the damage off the bench and focus mainly on the offensive end. Will the Wolves make the big decision on Game 6? Let us know in the comments below.


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Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is a Senior NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master's Degree in journalism from a distinguished institute, his journey into sports writing began during his college days, and since then, Shahul has been captivated not only by the remarkable consistency of Stephen Curry but also by the enduring legacy of LeBron James. He specializes in covering the live basketball action.
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