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Towns rues 'unfortunate bounces' amid shooting struggles vs. Mavs

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Karl-Anthony Towns failed to hit a three in eight attempts Monday as his Minnesota Timberwolves fell to a 3-0 series deficit against the Dallas Mavericks.

However, he's hopeful his daily reps will allow him to snap out of his offensive skid.

"I've got to laugh. I'm putting up to 1,500 shots a day," Towns said following the loss. "Shot so well all playoffs, confidence extremely high, and to be having these unfortunate bounces and these looks that are just not going in, it's tough. It's tough, for sure.

"Confidence-wise, just gotta keep shooting."

The big man has struggled with his shot throughout the Western Conference finals. He's hitting just 27.8% from the floor and 13.6% from deep after averaging 51% and 39.4%, respectively, in Minnesota's seven-game conference semifinals win against the Denver Nuggets.

Monday was just the second time all postseason that the 7-footer has failed to register a make from beyond the arc. The first was in Game 6 against Denver, when he went 0-for-4 in 29 minutes in a contest the Timberwolves eventually won by 45 points.

"Every time I'm shooting, it feels good. I'm just having these very unfortunate bounces all the time," Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. "It's annoying. The last game, first shot of the game goes in-out, in-out, in-out. This game, my first shot is a free throw, and it goes in-out."

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