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NBA Power Rankings: Experts point out Wolves' flaws

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Last week was not a good week for the Timberwolves. They took a bad loss at home to the Dallas Mavericks, turned around to blow out the Pelicans and wrapped up the week with a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The latest power rankings shows just how many ways the Wolves can be looked by the experts with a microscope. The stats are telling of what kind of team the Wolves really are.

NBA.COM: No. 13 – Whether it's because Ed Malloy is swallowing his whistle, because Kevin Love is missing free throws, because their bench can't score, or because their defense has been terrible, the Wolves are 0-7 in chances to get back over .500 since dropping below on Nov. 25. And for the next six games, their opponents alternate between below-.500 teams and .500 or better teams, against whom they're 4-11.

ESPN: No. 12 –So why hasn't that gaudy average point differential we're always going on about -- No. 8 in the league at plus-4.0 -- led to a better overall record for K-Love and Co.? The Wolves are 0-8 when they don't score 100 points ... and 0-8 in games decided by four points or less. That'll pretty much do it.

PRO BASKETBALL TALK: No. 13 – Seven times Minnesota has had a .500 record this season, and seven times they have lost the next game. I keep expecting this team to string together a series of wins and I keep being disappointed. But it will happen. Eventually.

CBS SPORTS: No. 13 – It doesn't matter how far down in the toy box that loss is, the Wolves will dig it out like a toddler hopped up on Pixie Sticks.

YAHOO! SPORTS: No. 12 – Rookie swingman Shabazz Muhammad was sent to the D-League Iowa Energy with the arrival of the D-League Showcase in Reno.

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