18. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 7 - 9
Last Week's Rank: 21
Last Week's Results: W vs. Sacramento 99-86, (Mon); W vs. Detroit 93-85, (Wed); W @ L.A. Clippers 101-98, (Fri); L @ Utah 98-108, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Houston, Monday (1/23); @ Dallas, Wednesday (1/25); vs. San Antonio, Friday (1/27); vs LA Lakers, Sunday (1/29)

Well, the Wolves indeed got what they needed out of Sacramento and Detroit — Ws — and they even managed to keep it going against the Clippers in L.A. despite Mo Williams's hot hand and Ricky Rubio's freezing-cold one, thanks to a Kevin Love three-pointer at the buzzer. Did we mention that he needs a max extension? Next week is Texas week (although only the Dallas game is on the road), and if the Wolves can beat Houston and Dallas, they could find themselves back even with the Ws and Ls. Not bad considering they've been missing second-leading scorer Michael Beasley and new addition J.J. Barea for some time now. —Russ Bengtson