The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are in the process of falling completely out of playoff contention.
That trend will continue for one team Wednesday night when Minnesota looks to end another three-game slide by beating the visiting Warriors for the second time in just over two weeks.
The Timberwolves (25-30) have dropped 4 1/2 games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with a 4-11 stretch, which started with a home defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9. Star point guard Ricky Rubio was lost for the season in that game after tearing ligaments in his left knee.
Rubio was averaging 10.6 points and a team-leading 8.2 assists.
The Timberwolves' struggles continued with Monday's 116-108 loss at Sacramento. They were dealt another blow to the back court as Luke Ridnour sustained a sprained right ankle that is expected to keep him out for some time.
Minnesota is also dealing with injuries to guard J.J. Barea (thigh...