The Minnesota Timberwolves are riding their second 11-game losing streak of the season and must find a way to win their next handful of games to save their season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves started out the season 10-8 but they have since slipped severely. The Timberwolves are currently on their second 11-game losing streak this season after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Minnesota is currently 15-33 and are sitting 14th in the Western conference standings, five games ahead of the Golden State Warriors. Overall, they are the fifth-worst team in the NBA before Monday night's games.
At this point in time, the Timberwolves are not making the playoffs, barring a drastic improvement in play or who they acquire at the NBA trade deadline this Thursday. The case to tank makes the most sense for Minnesota as it would put them in the best position to potentially succeed long-term.
However, teams don't go into each game trying to lose. That builds bad habits and the Timberwolves need to construct a winning attitude under their new leadership.
The month of February is not an easy one for Minnesota, which means they must take advantage of their upcoming games against the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets.
Here's a look at the rest of the Wolves' opponents for the rest of the month:
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The Wolves have 10 games remaining in February, and seven of them are against playoff teams. The Hawks are currently the second-worst team in the NBA and that will be a must-win game.
The matchup against the Kings will also be a game that Minnesota needs to win, especially after what happened the last time these two teams met. In that game the Timberwolves gave up an impossibly large lead late in the fourth quarter and eventually lost in overtime.
While that loss continues to sting, a win on Monday night would certainly help the team's morale.
The 16-33 Hornets are having a similar season as the Timberwolves, thus making it another game against a non-playoff team where Minnesota needs to take care of business.
These three opponents provide the Wolves their best chance to pick up some wins and end this losing streak. If they're unable to do so, the team will find it hard to beat any of the other playoff teams they face in February.