The Wolves are on the worst stretch of the season. Injuries have played a pretty big role in this string of losses, but they haven't exactly responded with an "us against the world" mindset in the process either (aside from maybe the Portland game).
As you might have guessed, this edition on the power rankings has the Wolves at their lowest. These were updated yesterday, so they're looking at them as a 24-27 team, for whatever that's worth.
On the bright side, Ricky Rubio had some really nice games this week, getting into the scoring column (efficiently) on a couple of occasions.
Average Ranking: 17.86 (Last week: 15.71)
No. 19 (Last Week: 14): Jason Patt, SB Nation
Want to know a big reason why the Wolves are three games under .500 despite a net rating that places them 12th in the NBA? Dreadful fourth-quarter play. Minnesota goes from one of the league's best teams in the first three quarters to one of the worst in the fourth, sporting a -10.4 net rating in the final frame, according to NBA.com's stats page.
No. 18 (Last Week: 17): Marc Stein, ESPN
The rumbles have already started, as captured by Portland's seen-it-all Kerry Eggers, that Rick Adelman could walk away at season's end. Kevin Martin's injury isn't going to help the Wolves slice into the whopping six-game deficit they suddenly face just to move into the West's last playoff spot.
No. 17 (Last Week: 14): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
While the Wolves' brass is doing their due diligence, they are more worried about improving the defense than making a trade deadline move.
No. 16 (Last Week: 15): Matt Moore, CBS Sports
Something's gotta go right for Minnesota sometime, right? I'd call an exorcist but I'm afraid he or she would wind up banishing Nikola Pekovic somewhere.
No. 18 (Last Week: 17): USA Today Writers' Poll
Ricky Rubio can shoot threes (34.9%) and free throws (83.3%). Hell figure out the rest.
No. 20 (Last Week: 18): Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated
The Wolves went 8-7 in January after yielding only 99.2 points per game, but their defense is currently offering less resistance than a cotton shirt in the dead of winter. They're surrendering 108 points during a 1-4 start to February.
No. 17 (Last Week: 15): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
The Wolves have lost five of their last six, though they hung around with both the Thunder and Blazers without Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic (and Kevin Martin in the Portland game). Love's absence has forced Ricky Rubio to be more aggressive. He had double-digit field goal attempts in three straight games for the first time this season, though he was just 7-for-18 in the restricted area.