Even before loss to Pacers, the Wolves slipped in NBA power rankings
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A week ago, the Wolves were sputtering but were still the darlings of national media power rankings.
They continued to sputter last week, but now they're testing the patience of NBA columnists. After a 1-3 week, with losses to the Rockets, Clippers and Wizards, the Wolves have slipped in the rankings. Keep in mind, these rankings were posted Monday, before the Pacers showed the Wolves what a true elite team looks like.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein dropped the Wolves four spots, from No. 5 to No. 9. Here's what he had to say:
Happy now, Wolves haters? Heard lots of Twitter noise -- much of it emanating from the Bay Area -- in protest of our crush on the Wolves that had them at No. 5 last week. Since then: Only a rout of bumbling Brooklyn prevented Minnesota from an 0-4 week heading into Monday's daunting visit to Indy.
Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears demoted them two spots, from No. 7 to No. 9:
The T'wolves' fast start has cooled after three losses in their past four games. A loss to the Pacers on Monday would drop them to .500.
(Monday's loss did, in fact, drop the Wolves to .500.)
Matt Moore of CBS Sports moved the Wolves down five spots from No. 4 to No. 9.
Mostly a drop based on schedule. Had two ceiling-defining losses (Rockets, Clippers), and one bad-game-against-a-weak-opponent loss to Washington. Defensive slippage is the concern.
The Pacers, for what it's worth, are one of the truly elite team's and a near-consensus top team in a sampling of rankings. Losing to them isn't what's concerning about this past week, but the other losses are more worrisome.