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NY Times: Minnesota Timberwolves' fandom barely ekes into the Dakotas

The Dakotas are clearly "Twins Territory," according to a recent study by The New York Times.

But as the NBA semifinals rage on, another Times study says when it comes to Minnesota's NBA team, the Timberwolves, "Timberwolves Territory" just barely ekes across the Minnesota border into the Dakotas.

Without the longevity, success and regional radio network that MLB's Minnesota Twins have, that's probably not surprising. The Twins have won World Series titles. The Timberwolves are lucky to have a winning season.

To be fair, on the other side of the South Dakota, the Denver Nuggets fandom ends at the state's southwest border — but doesn't cross.

According to the Times interactive map, the Timberwolves's popularity takes a deep drop off just past the Dakota/Minnesota border. The Los Angeles Lakers are the most popular team — by a plurality — in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Davison, Brookings, Codington, Hughes, Beadle, Clay, Yankton, Meade and Pennington Counties. The Timberwolves aren't even in the top three in these counties.

In fact, a large chunk of the United States is purpled with Lakers supporters.

Brown County is an outlier, but not for the Timberwolves. The favorite team in the Aberdeen area is the Boston Celtics.

The Times based their findings on Facebook "likes" correlated to the "liker's" ZIP code.