Portland Trail Blazers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-91

A month that opened with noticeably renewed optimism for the Timberwolves reached its caustic conclusion Saturday with few of those warm feelings remaining.

The best that can be said for a 3-9 February, which began with Minnesota riding its hottest "streak" of the season? Well, the Wolves weren't mathematically eliminated.

That playoff-race formality figures to come by the end of the week.

But nearly seven weeks remain in this pockmark of a season, 21 more games foll...