Karl-Anthony Towns had just eight points on 3-for-9 shooting in the Timberwolves' 104-101 loss to the Rockets in Game 1.
Tom Thibodeau noted that the Rockets' strategy of switching and double-teaming Towns was effective.
"He's got to be more active," Thibodeau said.
Thibodeau was asked how Towns should be more active.
"You run the floor," Thibodeau said. "Kick the ball out, repost, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board. You've got to sprint around. You learn when teams are double-teaming you -- that's what you have to do. You have to make the right play. You also have to get to positions in which it's difficult for them to double-team you. Transition is a big part of that. You've got to run the floor."
"I've got to be better on both sides of the basketball," said Towns, who had 12 rebounds and played a team-high 40 minutes. "At the end of the day, I trust my teammates full-heartedly that when they get the ball that they can go out there and score every single time. We have such talented players that sometimes the game plan is that. I've got to be better all-around if I'm going to help my teammates out as much as possible."