Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards On Loss To Lakers: ‘When One Player Shoots More Free Throws Than Your Entire team, It’s Tough’

After the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Lakers last night (3/10), Anthony Edwards spoke to NBA reporters about the free throw disparity between the Timberwolves and Lakers. 

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Minnesota shot 13 free throws, while Los Angeles went to the line 29 times. 

Lakers star Anthony Davis shot as many free throws (13) as the Timberwolves did as a team. 

“It’s tough every night when we don’t get to the free-throw line as much as the other team,” Edwards said. “When one player shoots more free throws than your entire team, it’s tough. It’s tough to compete. When you miss a shot and they’re going to the free-throw line every time down the floor, it’s tough, man.

“If every time they get the ball and we so-called foul them and they get to the free-throw line, it’s tough. I don’t know how to explain it. We want to compete out there and be able to play without the foul calls.”

Edwards finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Lakers in 39 minutes while shooting 10-of-23 from the field, 2-of-9 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. 

The Timberwolves played the Lakers without Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kyle Anderson. Minnesota is now in third place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 44-21. 

“We supposed to win tonight,” Timberwolves big man Naz Reid said. “Everybody after the game was like, ‘No way.’ We’re all comfortable. It’s not like we don’t need KAT. Obviously, we need him. But we’re all comfortable, we’re all capable of being winners.”

The Timberwolves will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Tuesday (3/12) against the Los Angeles Clippers. Edwards, 22, is averaging 27.7 points versus the Clippers this season. 

One of the most exciting players in the NBA, Edwards is averaging 26.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season while shooting 46.1% from the field, 36.9% from beyond the arc and 83.9% from the free-throw line. 

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