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KNOW THIS

Here it is, December. Here we have the Wild struggling again. Here we have what appears to be dissension between players and coaches. At least they're doing it a little earlier than usual this time around.

WATCH THIS

The NBA's Western Conference has been unexpectedly mediocre so far, meaning the Timberwolves might actually hang around the playoff race for a while. They have a winnable game against Orlando tonight (7p.m., FSN).

RANDOM FANDOM

"The Wild needs to make a trade to shake this team up. Firing the coach would not be the right move at this point. If things don't work out, they can always do that at the end of the year."

jaxjaxjax commenting on startribune.com.

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"Seattle's strength of victory percentage (. 364) is worst in the NFC. Vikings' .420 is eighth."

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