Had you said before the season that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be hovering around .500 most of the year, it's hard to say that any fans would be disappointed with the news. Still, watching them continuously go up into a winning record only to then lose and push themselves back down to mediocrity is getting tiring.
If there ever was a week for the Timberwolves to boost their status, it's the upcoming week that will see Minnesota staying home for all four games. The teams they're playing are mostly good, (mostly) but the Wolves will surely have an easier time of things at the Target Center all week long.
The week starts early as the Los Angeles Clippers come to town. They've been in the news for other reasons than their basketball playing in recent days, but they're still 22-13 and still have one of the better star tandems in the league between Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. They did lose the lead in the Pacific division to the Lakers thanks to a small slump along with a Lakers boost in form, so they'll be playing to get their division back.
The Wolves beat those same Clippers on the road less than a week ago.
Wednesday the Wolves will welcome the Portland Trailblazers to Target Center. The 18-19 Blazers are a single game behind Minnesota in the standings right now, fourth in the Northwest. Their last game was against the Wolves as well, and it didn't end well for the Blazers.
The Wolves play two more games during the weekend, with the Los Angeles Lakers coming in on Friday and the New Orleans Hornets coming on Saturday.
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