The Minnesota Timberwolves are right in the thick of things in the Western Conference playoff picture so far this NBA season. They are currently 11-13 but have regained their footing after an early-season swoon in which they lost eight out of the nine games they played.
Minnesota has lost their last two games to the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets but had won seven out of eight games previously to that. A big reason the team found more success this season than in years past is their defense.
Minnesota is currently ranked eighth in defensive rating according to Basketball-Reference. That is helping make up for some struggles on the offensive side of the ball, as the Timberwolves are 22nd in offensive rating.
How good have the Timberwolves been on defense this season? This would be the first time since the 2013-14 season that they could have a defensive rating below 110. If they can get their offense up to the level they have performed at in recent seasons, Minnesota will remain in the race in what is shaping up to be a very congested Western Conference.