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Wolves Week: Clawing Towards Respectability

The Minnesota Timberwolves, with their 14-46 record, are still the worst team in the Western Conference, but are coming off of a thrilling 126-123 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The majority of this week will be comprised of an East Coast swing, and they'll actually have an opportunity to sweep two different season series.

The week will kick off on Tuesday night, as the Wolves play host to the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Target Center. The Lakers are currently in first place in the NBA's Pacific Division with a record of 42-19. These two teams have met twice this season, with the Lakers coming out on top both times. The first game, back on November 9, was a closely-contested 99-94 Los Angeles victory at the Staples Center. . .the second one, on November 19, was a slightly less closely-contested 112-95 Lakers win at the Target Center. Tip-off time for this one at the Target Center is 7:00 PM Central time, and you'll be able to see it on television on Fox Sports North.

After that, the Wolves will take to the road, starting on Wednesday night as they take a road trip to Detroit to battle the Pistons. The Pistons have a bit of controversy going on at the moment concerning their head coach, and he may or may not be in charge by the time this game takes place. Detroit is currently in fourth in the NFL's Central Division with a 22-39 record. The Timberwolves took the first game of this series at the Target Center back on December 10 with a 109-99 victory, and will look to sweep the season series in the Motor City. This one will tip off at 7:30 PM Central in Detroit, and you'll also be able to see this one on Fox Sports North.

After a one day break, the Wolves will return to the court on Friday in Philadelphia with a game against the 76ers. The Sixers are currently in third place in the NBA's Atlantic Division with a 30-29 record, and put a pretty good whipping on Minnesota at the Target Center back on February 12, emerging from Minneapolis with a 107-87 victory. This one will get underway at 6:00 PM Central time, and unless you have NBA League Pass, you're not going to be able to see the game, as there will be no local television coverage.

The week will conclude on Saturday with the Wolves traveling to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards. Washington is in last place in the NBA's Southeast Division with a 15-43 record. In the only other meeting of this season between these two teams, the Wolves were victorious at the Target Center back on January 13 by a score of 109-97. Scheduled start time for this one is 6:00 PM Central time, and the local television coverage will be handled by My29.

You can also hear all of these games on the radio, courtesy of KFAN-AM 1130.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.