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NBA Power Rankings, Week 4: Spurs nosedive, Warriors soar

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Karl Anthony-Towns
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26. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-6)

Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are quite the duo, but the Timberwolves don't have much to work with outside of them. After winning three of their first four, Minnesota has freefallen to 3-6 with five straight losses with a brutal three-game road trip on the way. 

While their defense is keeping them in some games, the Wolves are near the bottom five in multiple offensive categories: FG% (28th), FTA (25th), and turnovers (29th) being among them. We're also hitting the annual tradition of Towns expressing he wants out but then claiming shenanigans. At this point, it's hard to blame the guy for wanting the Wolves to #FreeKat.

Next for Minnesota: Warriors, Lakers, Clippers

Dejounte Murray
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25. San Antonio Spurs (3-7)

Although some of their early losses could be attributed to the quality of their opponents (Denver, Milwaukee, Dallas), that's no longer the case in November. Starting off the month with a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio heads into their fourth week having seven double-digit leads and blowing four of them.

Sunday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder saw the Spurs show their inconsistency in all of its glory. After allowing just 14 points in the first quarter, they scored just 14 of their own in the third and shot a painful 6-of-30 from 3-point range. 

Dejounte Murray has firmly established himself as the team's leader, averaging career numbers across the board with 17.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.

Unfortunately, a consistent sidekick has yet to join him. Derrick White has had an underwhelming start to the season on the offensive end and is coming off the worst game of his career in that regard. The Spurs will need much more from him if they hope to avoid hovering around the last spots in the West.

Next for San Antonio: Kings, Mavericks, Lakers