The Milwaukee Bucks just improved their position in the Eastern Conference standings. They can partly thank the Minnesota Timberwolves for that.
Milwaukee continues its push for its first playoff berth in three seasons on Wednesday night when the visiting Timberwolves go for their first set of back-to-back wins since December.
With nine games left and a six-game edge over ninth-place Philadelphia, Milwaukee (36-37) would need a massive collapse down the stretch to miss the postseason. The Bucks haven't been playing their best - losing five of six before Monday's 131-102 victory over league-worst Charlotte - but their magic number for clinching a playoff berth is down to three.
"I don't really look at the standings, the seeds and all that," said center Larry Sanders, who had a career-best 24 points and 13 rebounds. "Keep playing well, and we'll be in the playoffs."
The Bucks, though, would probably be best served by avoiding No. 1 seed Miami in the opening round. Milwaukee closed...