T-Wolves’ Towns not focused on numbers, wants more wins

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves isn't focused on stats -- he wants wins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves won’t be going to the playoffs for second consecutive season, a point Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder made all too clear to Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday night.

“Get to the (expletive) playoffs before you speak to me,” Westbrook barked at Towns, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

To his credit, the Timberwolves big man kept his mouth shut and let his game do the talking, scoring 41 points and grabbing 14 boards in leading Minnesota to a 131-120 victory over Westbrook and his playoff-bound Thunder teammates.

Towns, now in his fourth season in the league, has elevated his game of late, scoring 182 points in his last five games. However, during that run, the Timberwolves are just 2-3, pretty much summarizing their season.

Minnesota was 30-34 heading into a game Wednesday night in Detroit, a contest in which was 131-114 blowout loss to drop to 30-35, ninth in the Western Conference standings.

“We haven’t won, so it doesn’t really matter,” Towns said, according to Krawczynski. “You can have all the numbers you want, but you don’t ever want to be that guy that’s getting good stats on a losing team. Gotta find ways to win. Rather have less stats and more wins than doing what I’ve been doing recently.”