15. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 19 - 19
Last Week's Rank: 17
Last Week's Results: W @ LA Clippers 109-97, (Tue); L @ LA Lakers 85-104, (Wed); L @ Phoenix 95-104, (Thu); W @ Portland 122-110, (Sat)
This Week: vs. LA Clippers, Monday (3/5); vs. Portland, Wednesday (3/7); vs. LA Lakers, Friday (3/9); vs. New Orleans, Saturday (3/10)

At the rate they're going, the Timberwolves might be able to tread water right into second place in the Northwest. Both the Jazz and the Blazers have dropped below .500—the Blazers courtesy of a 122-110 Wolves win behind a season-high 42 points from Kevin Love—although three straight wins have the Nuggets back up to 21-17, with easier games to come. Then again, as long as Ricky Rubio keeps on setting 'em up, and Love keeps knocking 'em down, .500 should be the floor, not the ceiling. Things stay familiar this week, as they play the Lakers, Clippers and Blazers again, along with the Hornets. —Russ Bengtson