NBA news: Minnesota Timberwolves are firing on all cylinders, but how far can they actually go?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are arguably the hottest team in the NBA, after winning nine of their last 10 games.

The Orlando Magic somehow prevented them from making this a 10 game winning streak, but some teams just match up better against certain teams around the league. That's just how it goes sometimes. 

But don't let that blemish fool you. The Timberwolves are a legit team this season and have the ability to make some noise this season in the Western Conference Play-offs.

Karl-Anthony Towns has been feeling great about himself recently, as he put in a 60 point game on Monday night and has even talked a little trash towards the Los Angeles Lakers, as he surveyed the floor with bewilderment following an air-balled three-point attempt by Russell Westbrook.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt

Besides the vibes around the team, the numbers also back up the Timberwolves' success as of late, as they have an NBA best 10-2 record since the All-Star break and are third in offense, second in defense since that time period.

Minnesota still has an uphill battle to climb into the sixth seed in the West, with the Denver Nuggets also winning games at a high rate, but they're just 1.5 games behind the Nuggets and there's still plenty of time for them to get out of the play-in tournament. They're also just three games behind the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks for the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively.

KAT manifesting finals appearance

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) slam dunks the ball in action during a NBA game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls

Towns replaced all basketball in the Timberwolves facility with "NBA Finals" basketballs.

Some may call it corny. Some may tell him to relax because he's had just one playoff appearance in his career.

But in all reality, this is the type of buy-in you want from your franchise player. Especially on a franchise that has seen little success over the past two decades.

If you truly want something in life, you have to go all in and become obsessed with your end goal. You have to speak it into existence and do the little things that will keep that end goal in your mind at all times.

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns

With how this season has played out, it's not even the most ridiculous thing to assume that the Wolves can somehow find themselves in the Finals.

The Golden State Warriors are losing Stephen Curry up until at least the play-offs, and it remains to be seen when Chris Paul will make his return for the Phoenix Suns.

If the Wolves find themselves with the 7th seed, then they'll likely face off against the Memphis Grizzlies, who they've beaten twice this season including a 43 point blowout.

The Timberwolves will still have to play their best brand of basketball the rest of this season and in the play-offs, but at the very least, their personnel, chemistry and heart are all there!

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