Well, we’re there.
It’s all over. For real this time. Let’s look through the remaining schedules of the Wolves and the three teams directly ahead of them in the standings.
Wins (10): @ Utah, Boston, Denver, Brooklyn, Sacramento, Golden State, @ Sacramento, @ Utah, Phoenix, @ Memphis
Losses (8): @ Golden State, @ Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, L.A. Clippers, @ L.A. Clippers, @ L.A. Lakers (B2B), San Antonio
Final Record: 48-34
Wins (10): Cleveland, @ Boston, Orlando, Detroit, @ Washington, Knicks, @ L.A. Lakers, @ New Orleans, Memphis, @ Sacramento
Losses (10): @ L.A. Clippers, @ Toronto, @ Brooklyn (B2B), @ Minnesota, @ Atlanta (B2B), L.A. Clippers, @ Portland, Oklahoma City, @ San Antonio, @ Dallas (B2B)
Final Record: 46-36
Wins (9): Portland, @ Philadelphia (B2B), Utah, Minnesota, @ Utah, @ Minnesota, Denver, Philadelphia, @ L.A. Lakers
Losses (11): @ New Orleans (B2B), @ Toronto, @ Miami, Indiana (B2B), @ Golden State, @ Portland, @ Denver (B2B), @ San Antonio, Miami, @ Phoenix, Dallas
Final Record: 45-37
Wins (11): Milwaukee, @ Charlotte, Sacramento, @ Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, L.A. Lakers, @ Brooklyn, @ Orlando (B2B), @ Sacramento, Utah
Losses (9): @ Houston (B2B), @ Memphis (B2B), L.A. Clippers, Memphis, @ Miami, San Antonio, Chicago (B2B), Houston, @ Golden State (B2B)
Final Record: 42-40
Alas, 42 wins won’t be near enough for the Wolves to get into the playoffs this season. It’ll leave them somewhere around 4-6 games out of the eighth spot, in all likelihood, and they won’t even catch the #9 spot.
Of course, this will probably keep the Wolves’ low lottery pick in Minnesota this season, which is the only, albeit depressing, positive spin that can be put on the season.
We’ll have plenty more thoughts on what this disappointing season means for the upcoming summer and the future of the team’s star players. There really is a lot to unpack, but let’s see how the final month unfolds before we right a detailed obituary.