While the media has been dramatizing and anatomizing the train wreck that is the Los Angeles Lakers season, some of their fellow Western Conference playoff-brink teams have been swept under the radar.
Notably, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who stand 1.5 games above those scandalous Lakers with a 17-22 record. They are only 2.5 games short of the Houston Rockets, who currently hold the eighth playoff spot in the west.
Such dismissal is to be expected. The Timberwolves hardly gain notoriety at full strength.
With their star player expected to be out until at least mid-March, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, it would be silly to expect the Wolves to become a media darling. Regardless of the teams' media coverage—or rather lack thereof—Minnesota has many interesting matters to keep an eye on as they make a second-half playoff push.