Timberwolves Power Rankings Update: Week 7

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

After a 3-1 week, Wolves move up in the rankings for the first time this year.

As the schedule got a little less insane, the wins started coming again.

This week saw a 3-1 record for the Wolves,  a much-needed change of pace from the rough stretch of the past few weeks. Even though most people expected the Wolves to dip in the standings in mid-to-late November, it was still tough to watch as it went down.

In related news, Kevin Love sure has been good lately. It'll be interesting to see if he can get the Wolves back over .500 tonight in Boston.

Anyway, onto the rankings. Take a look, and let's hear what you think.

Average Ranking: 11.875  (Last week: 13.625)

No. 11 (Last Week: 14): Jason Patt, SB Nation

Kevin Love returned to the team after missing some time for personal reasons, and he led the Wolves to a 3-1 record for the week. Love averaged 31.0 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting 48.8 percent overall and 58.6 percent from three in the four games.

No. 10 (Last Week: 13): Marc Stein, ESPN

If you're a Wolves fan who buys into average nightly point margin as a top-notch predictor of future success, take note that K-Love & Co. are sixth in the West at +3.8. (Then take a look, if you can stand it, how high that would put them in the East's gruesome point-margin standings.)

No. 12 (Last Week: 14): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports

Minnesota has won three of its past four. Kevin Love has averaged 31 points during that stretch, including a 42-point performance against San Antonio.

No. 12 (Last Week: 13): Matt Moore, CBS Sports

Don't lose faith in this team. They have some good things going. But, man, Ricky Rubio cannot shoot at all.

No. 14 (Last Week: 15): USA Today Writers' Poll

When Kevin Love scores 42 in a loss, the best advice is to chalk it up to facing the Spurs.

No. 12  (Last Week: 12): Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated

Carrying the Wolves to the playoffs is apparently going to take a superhuman effort from Kevin Love. The big man was up to the task last week, averaging 31 points and 13.5 rebounds to help Minnesota win three of four and get back to .500.

No. 13 (Last Week: 14): David Aldridge, NBA.com

In four games since returning from his grandmother's death, Kevin Love shooting 37-of-75 (49 percent) overall, 11-of-14 his last two games on threes.

No. 11 (Last Week: 15): John Schuhmann, NBA.com

The Wolves' bench is still a big problem and Kevin Martin is in a slump, shooting 32 percent in December. But when Kevin Love is averaging 31.0 points and 13.5 rebounds and shooting 17-for-29 from 3-point range, as he did over four games last week, they're in pretty good shape. They're doing some serious traveling these days, going from south to east to north to west in a week's time.

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