17. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 21 - 21
Last Week's Rank: 15
Last Week's Results: W vs. LA Clippers 95-94, (Mon); W vs. Portland 106-94, (Wed); L vs. LA Lakers 102-105, (Fri); L vs. New Orleans 89-95, (Sat)
This Week: @ Phoenix, Monday (3/12); @ Utah, Thursday (3/15); @ LA Lakers, Friday (3/16); @ Sacramento, Sunday (3/18)

Welp, so much for that. The Timberwolves finished another week at .500, but suffered a crushing (to their playoff hopes and more) blow as rookie point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a torn ACL in Friday's loss to the Lakers. His season is over. Luke Ridnour is a capable enough NBA point guard — he posted 14 and 10 in a loss to the Hornets, the first post-Rubio game — but he can't make up for all the intangibles Rubio brought to the table. And with nine of their next 10 games on the road, the Wolves' going is just gonna get tougher. —Russ Bengtson