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NBA standings 2012: Timberwolves fighting to stay alive in competitive Northwest

The Timberwolves shouldn't be too panicked about their recent struggles but they better get their act together soon.

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After dropping their past two games, the Timberwolves (13-13) are now fourth in the NBA's most well-rounded division.

Each of those losses have been by only three points to likely playoff teams though so Minnesota fans shouldn't be too concerned about the recent cold streak.

Looking ahead, the Timberwolves will have plenty of time to make up ground with four of their next six games being against divisional foes.

But before they can get into that portion, Minnesota will be playing host to a reeling Phoenix Suns team Saturday evening. The Suns have lost four in a row and 11 of their last 15 so it shouldn't be too difficult for the Timberwolves to take care of business.

Below are the complete Western Conference standings:

Western Standings

Los Angeles Clippers 30 24-6 .800
Oklahoma City Thunder 28 22-6 .786
San Antonio Spurs 31 23-8 .742
Memphis Grizzlies 26 18-8 .692
Golden State Warriors 30 20-10 .667
Houston Rockets 29 16-13 .552
Denver Nuggets 31 17-14 .548
Portland Trail Blazers 28 14-14 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 30 15-15 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 13-13 .500
Utah Jazz 31 15-16 .484
Dallas Mavericks 30 12-18 .400
Phoenix Suns 30 11-19 .367
Sacramento Kings 29 10-19 .345
New Orleans Hornets 29 6-23 .207

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