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Timberwolves' Woeful Attendance Numbers Likely Hide a More Brutal Truth

After 14 homes games this season, the T-wolves' rank second-to-last in attendance.

After 14 homes games this season, the T-wolves' rank second-to-last in attendance.

The Minnesota Timberwolves rank 29th out of 30 teams in home attendance, drawing an average crowd of 14,051 through 14 games at the Target Center, according to insidehoops.com.

Only the Detroit Pistons are a bigger dog at the ticket booth.

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But to anyone who's attended a Wolves tilt in the post-Kevin Love era, that 14k number feels like someone has a thumb -- if not an anvil -- pushing down on the scale.

According to the stats, the T-wolves regularly play to an arena that's a little less than three-quarters full. But to anyone who's been in the building recently, it looks as if the team is hard-pressed to fill just half the seats. Which leads us to the finely honed art of selective tabulation.

The two most common attendance measures are paid attendance -- total tickets sold -- and turnstile counts, the actual number of people who came through the gates.

In the past, various teams have been busted for reporting figures inflated by as much as 30 percent over the turnstile counts because they were counting paid no-shows.

But if the Wolves are padding their numbers, they're not saying. Calls to the team to explain its methodology went unreturned.

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