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Timberwolves Now In Possession Of NBA's Worst Record

With their 108-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns tonight in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves have moved percentage points ahead of. . .or behind, depending on your perspective. . .the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the NBA.

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As of this moment in time, the Timberwolves have a record of 17-62, a .215 winning percentage. The Cavaliers have played one fewer game, and currently have a record of 17-61, a winning percentage of .218.

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Let this sink in for a second.

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The 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves have a worse record than a team that, earlier this season, lost twenty-six consecutive games.

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The 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves have a worse record than the team that set the NBA record for the longest losing streak in in the history of the league.

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The Timberwolves have lost their last 12 games, and finish the season with contests against the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Houston Rockets. The Wolves are a combined 1-7 against those three teams, so there's a good chance that they'll finish the season with 15 straight losses.

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Having the worst record in the NBA means that the Timberwolves would also have the best chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery. . .or, in Wolves' parlance, it means they'll select fourth overall.

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