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Angry Edwards blames himself, Towns and Russell after losing to the Pelicans


As Anthony Edwards transformed Target Center back into his personal playground on Monday night, the energy coursing through the crowd made it seem like Edwards would singularly bring the Timberwolves back from a 21-point deficit in the second half.

With every transition bucket and every three-point Edwards hit, that belief grew stronger. But it seemed like only Edwards held the key to the lid which was on the basket most of the night, and the Wolves made sure the lid was secure by laying brick after brick on top in a 107- loss. 98 against New Orleans. It was the second consecutive poor performance for the offense, which reached 34%. This left Edwards checked.

After the game, Edwards (28 points) has had some of his sharpest comments in a post-game media session since joining Wolves. In particular, Edwards, who was the last person to speak after the game, said he, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell need to do a better job of sharing the ball with their teammates.

“We think we’re the only ones on the team,” said Edwards. “We have to be ready to pass the ball. There is no ‘I’ in the team. We can’t beat five people with three people. We have beaten five people with five people. We have to be ready to. play with our teammates. Trust our teammates and … share the ball. “

To make that happen, Edwards said he’s set to make his voice heard more in the squad, even though he’s still one of the younger members.

“I don’t really speak too much as far as I am on the pitch. I let my game lead,” said Edwards. “But now I see I’m going to start talking more until, ‘You have to lock, bruh. Pass the ball. Four people on you, pass the ball,’ you know what I’m saying? ‘ I’ll start talking a lot more. Will it be better from me? “

Russell could use any type of motivation to get started. Two days after he said he seemed to have forgotten how to play basketball, it didn’t seem like Russell’s memory had recharged. He only shot 3-for-14 for nine points.

“Every player goes through a crisis at some point in the season,” said coach Chris Finch. “As it turns out, he is right now. He’s not the only one who doesn’t shoot the ball particularly well. He’ll be fine.”

BOXSCORE: New Orleans 107, Timberwolves 98

Towns overcame early foul issues to finish with 32, but that set the tone as Wolves fell behind by double digits without him on the ground. Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 23 rebounds for New Orleans and harassed the Wolves with nine offensive boards. The offense faltered without Towns and even when he returned as Wolves fell 21 behind in the third quarter. Edwards’ third quarter got them close – they got close to four, but the offense fell limp.

“It’s always hard to watch,” Finch said. “There’s not a lot of rhythm there. The guys are trying to do too much on their own, don’t let the ball do the work, the things that we talked about, get that flow.”

It echoed what Edwards said afterwards, except that Edwards was much more blunt in his assessment. He said the offense looked like it should in preseason. Now that games matter, that has turned into something else. According to Edwards, that must change – quickly.

“Everyone is sharing the ball in the preseason. Everyone is happy,” said Edwards. “So when the season starts, everything has changed. III I want to shoot this. I want to shoot this. … Me, KAT and D-Lo have to do a better job of giving them the ball, because Coach draws everything for us. We have to do a better job of involving them, making them feel wanted on offense, not just on defense. “


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