17. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 9 - 11
Last Week's Rank: 18
Last Week's Results: L vs. Houston 92-107, (Mon); W @ Dallas 105-90, (Wed); W vs. San Antonio 87-79, (Fri); L vs LA Lakers 101-106, (Sun)
This Week: @ Houston, Monday (1/30); vs. Indiana, Wednesday (2/1); @ New Jersey, Friday (2/4); vs. Houston, Saturday (2/5)

So Kevin Love did get his max extension, although just a four-year one (with an opt-out after three), meaning they'll be facing the same issue a few short years down the road. In the meantime, the immediate concern remains winning basketball games, which they're still not managing to do with any great frequency. The Wolves went .500 in a four-game week last week, and play four more this week, including two against the scorching Rockets (who beat them handily last week) and one apiece against the Pacers and Nets. They're the only team in their division under .500, but we suppose that's what happens when your second-leading scorer is Luke Ridnour. —Russ Bengtson