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As the Wolves make a serious run at the final playoff spot in the West, their fans, like Tony "STATS" from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., are making serious noise in our inbox:

"You really should move Minny up to about the 12 or 13 spot this week since they have won 4 out of 5 and beat the Kings to stay 3 games out of the 8th seed and they will move to 2 games out with a win on Wednesday!!"

Well, Tony, can you settle for 14? Now, on to the rankings!

High jump of the week: Pacers (+5)
Free fall of the week: Rockets (-6)

TEAM (LAST WK) REC. BREAKDOWN
1
Phoenix (1)
57-17
The Suns are scorching. As if beating the Lakers by 26 to extend their record to 9-1 over the last 10 wasn't enough, the Suns poured in a franchise-record 17 triples.
2
Miami (2)
56-19
The 33-5 home record -- including 18 straight -- is a nice sign of things to come: home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
3
San Antonio (3)
55-19
Filling in for the Big Fundamental the Big Dog. Robinson stepped in on Wednesday looking like he's been in black and silver longer than two days.
4
Dallas (5)
50-24
With 8 games left, the Mavs look to steal the Southwest from the Duncan-less Spurs. Could close the five-game gap when they meet the Spurs tonight.
5
Detroit (6)
47-27
After struggling to close out March, the Pistons have won three in a row, including three straight since Larry Brown returned to the bench.
6
Denver (8)
43-31
Can anybody stop this squad? They're 18-2 in the last 20 and are steadily climbing in the West, chasing down Sacramento and Houston for a No. 5 or 6 seed.
7
Chicago (10)
42-32
After losing in Miami, the Bulls rebounded in overtime against the Magic to keep ahead of the Wiz for the No. 4 seed.
8
Seattle (4)
50-24
First Vlad goes down with a stress fracture. Then Lewis suffers a bone bruise in his foot. Times are tough in Seattle, where the Sonics have dropped three of four.
9
Sacramento (9)
46-30
A real danger exists of slipping to the West's No. 6 or 7 seed as two games against the Suns remain on the schedule.
10
Indiana (15)
40-34
The Pacers have won seven of eight and can pull even with the Wizards when the two meet at Conseco Fieldhouse Friday.
11
Washington (11)
41-33
Losers of three straight, the Wizards have handed home-court advantage to the Bulls, if the playoffs were to start today.
12
Boston (14)
41-34
Sixth man of the year candidate Ricky Davis has helped Boston shake its funk of late March. Davis is averaging 24.2 points over his last five for the C's.
13
Houston (7)
44-31
Losing to Phoenix on Sunday is understandable. Dropping games to New Orleans and Golden State are inexcusable for a team trying to hold on to a playoff spot in the West.
14
Minnesota (16)
40-35
The Wolves look like they may have what it takes to claim the West's eight-spot. Only 2 1/2 games back, Minny is on a roll, having won seven of the last eight.
15
Memphis (12)
42-32
The Grizzlies have seven games left against teams with a better than .500 record. If Minnesota keeps rolling, Memphis will be hard pressed to hang on to the No. 7 seed.
16
Philadelphia (17)
37-37
Philly pulled within one game of Cleveland for the No. 7 seed and hold a 2-0 season series advantage. The Sixers can claim seventh when they host the Cavaliers on Friday.
17
Cleveland (13)
38-36
Once seemingly a lock for the playoffs, Cleveland is clinging to postseason hopes. The Cavaliers have lost four of five, with Philly and the Nets knocking on the door.
18
New Jersey (18)
36-39
The Nets have picked up five straight W's on the road.
19
Orlando (19)
35-40
A lower left shin injury has likely ended Grant Hill's season. Meanwhile, an overtime loss to Chicago possibly ended the Magic's.
20
Golden State (23)
30-45
A seven-game winning streak is nice, if not misleading. Only two of the seven wins came against teams currently playoff bound.
21
L.A. Lakers (20)
33-41
L.A.'s departure from the playoff scene marks only the second time in the past 29 years a team has missed the playoffs after reaching The Finals the previous season.
22
L.A. Clippers (21)
34-42
Corey Maggette is averaging 27.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.67 steals in three games in April.
23
New York (22)
29-44
With games against New Jersey, Chicago and Indiana this week, the Knicks could officially be eliminated from the playoffs.
24
Toronto (23)
30-44
Little-used Pape Sow is seeing increased minutes, scoring five points and grabbing two rebounds in 18 minutes against Memphis Wednesday.
25
Milwaukee (24)
28-46
Ended an eight-game skid against the Knicks. Charlotte, Cleveland, Washington and Boston are on the schedule this week.
26
Portland (26)
24-50
In four games in April, Sebastian Telfair is averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 assists and 2.5 boards.
27
Utah (27)
23-51
With eight games left on the schedule, the Jazz need to pick up one more win to avoid matching their lowest mark which was set as an expansion team in New Orleans in 1974-75.
28
New Orleans (28)
18-56
Hornets have won three in a row on the road. Unfortunately, they've lost six straight at home.
29
Charlotte (29)
15-59
Nearly survived a 48-point outing by A.I. on Wednesday. Could number 16 come against Atlanta in a back-to-back set this week?
30
Atlanta (30)
11-63
The Hawks have not won at home since beating the Lakers on Feb. 7. Charlotte on Monday might be their last chance to end the slide.