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Timberwolves Schedule 2012: Minnesota Face Dallas, New York On Weekend

The good news for the Wolves is that they were able to get over .500 at some point this season, not something that was expected of them. Even better, they did it after 25 games instead of just being 1-0 and celebrating that. Unfortunately, being without Kevin Love took its toll on the team against the Memphis Grizzlies and they dropped right back down to the mediocre mark. Minnesota get a tough back to back this week to try and boost themselves right back up again.

The back to back starts on Friday as the Wolves face the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. They haven't been having a very 'defending champion' type year at 15-11, and their superstar Dirk Nowitzki himself said that he didn't deserve to get his spot on the All Star game even though it inevitably came for him anyway.

The second leg keeps the Wolves at home again as they face the New York Knicks. The Knicks have way more talent than their 11-15 record shows, and really should be doing better for themselves with guys like Amare Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony lighting the marquees in the Big Apple. Fortunately, a new star has recently emerged from Taiwan named Jeremy Lin, and he's finally giving the fans in NY something to smile about as his jersey gets torn from shelves.

It's not the easiest weekend for the Wolves, but they can easily eclipse .500 with Kevin Love now back in the lineup against two teams that aren't at their best at the moment.

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