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2012 NBA standings: Timberwolves well positioned for Ricky Rubio's return

Minnesota Timberwolves currently occupy the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference playoff bracket, so the team is well-positioned for a nice run when point guard Ricky Rubio returns to the lineup.

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Point guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves' lineup in the near future, and as a pleasant surprise it's clear that Minnesota did a good job overcoming early injuries to Rubio and Kevin Love in 2012. The Wolves (10-9) currently occupy the No. 7 slot in the Western Conference playoff bracket, and they are well-positioned for a run when Rubio rejoins the team.

Minnesota has recorded wins in four of the last five games, and its upcoming schedule includes the following matchups: at New Orleans Hornets, vs. Dallas Mavericks, at Orlando Magic, at Miami Heat and vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. Three of those game are very winnable, so perhaps the Wolves can take care of business and those contests and then steal one of the other games to gain some ground on the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors in the standings.

Here is a look at the current standings in the West. For a more in-depth look be sure to check the complete NBA standings here.

WEST Standings W L PCT GB
1 Oklahoma City 18 4 0.818 -
2 San Antonio 18 5 0.783 ½
3 Memphis 14 5 0.737 2 ½
4 LA Clippers 16 6 0.727 2
5 Golden State 15 7 0.682 3
6 Utah 13 10 0.565 5 ½
7 Minnesota 10 9 0.526 6 ½
8 Dallas 11 11 0.500 7

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