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Wolves still a top-five team in most national NBA power rankings

by Derek Wetmore, 1500ESPN.com Updated 21 months ago | 1331 reads

The Wolves remain among the darlings of the NBA in national media NBA power rankings.

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com has Minnesota as No. 3:

The win over Dallas showed me a lot, and I love how Kevin Love is stepping up and leading this team. The bench needs an upgrade, though.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com also has the Wolves third:

Who else reading along wishes they were cursed with Kevin Love's "limited natural ability" as GMs call it? And who else has noticed how well Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer click next to Love? He's finally got targets for those long-awaited Love outlet passes that must have the Vikings drooling.

If you're unfamiliar with the 'limited natural ability' reference, Stein is poking fun at the league's general managers' preseason vote.

They're fourth in Marc Spears' Yahoo! Sports ranking:

After beating the Lakers, the T'wolves will stay in L.A. for a showdown against the Clippers on Monday. The matchup between Kevin Love and Blake Griffin is usually entertaining.

As noted earlier Monday, the Wolves are playing faster than any other team in the NBA. Is their place in the national rankigns legitimate? Can they sustain the high level of play currently on display?



Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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