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Wolves At No. 5 In NBA.com Power Rankings

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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Minnesota didn’t have the best week, dropping two on the road before beating Sacramento at home on Sunday. But that didn’t cause the folks at NBA.com to panic and move the Wolves down.

The Wolves remained at No. 5 in the Week 18 NBA.com Power Rankings.

Here’s what our boy John Schuhmann wrote about the Wolves:

The Wolves have won 13 straight games at home, having allowed 104 points per 100 possessions in those 13 games. On the road, they're 1-10 in 2018, having allowed more than 115 points per 100 possessions in those games. Jimmy Butler totaled 73 points in Cleveland and Chicago on Wednesday and Friday, but Karl-Anthony Towns didn't get a lot of shots again, and getting stops down the stretch of those two games proved to be a problem, with Butler fouling Zach LaVine for the game-winning free throws in his return to Chicago and LeBron James beating them at the buzzer in Cleveland. The Wolves have lost their last four games that have been within five points in the last five minutes (all of them were on the road) and now rank 28th in clutch defense.

Heading into All-Star break, Minnesota has two more home games, the Rockets on Tuesday and the Lakers on Thursday. The Rockets (first in rankings) will be a great measuring stick for the Wolves. Houston is just a half game back from first in the West. The Lakers (19th) acquired Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye at the trade deadline, and while the Wolves should win, it won’t be a walk in the park.

The Wolves are 35-24 as of Monday, fourth in the West.