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NBA Standings 2012: Timberwolves Continue Plunge In Western Conference Standings

Following their loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves currently sit in 12th place in the Western Conference with five games left to play in the season.

The Timberwolves lost touch with the playoff contenders in the West after Ricky Rubio was lost for the season. The team closed out the last three weeks of March with a 4-9 record which started a slide down the standings that has since gained momentum.

With additional injuries to Luke Ridnour and all-star Kevin Love, the Wolves continue stumbling, going 0 for April so far while losing nine straight overall. That leaves Minnesota in 12th place just two games ahead of the Golden State Warriors. Considering that Minnesota's final five opponents include three playoff teams and the aforementioned Warriors, dropping one more slot in the standings is a distinct possibility at this point.

Regardless of where Minnesota ends up in the standings, they will be in good shape to land another talented young player in the upcoming NBA draft which should eventually ease the pain of the late-season tumble down the standings.

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