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Can Timberwolves make playoffs without Kevin Love?

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08:09 PM ET 01.25 | With the NBA almost at its midway point into the season, it's fair to say that the Minnesota Timberwolves are in dire need of a break. Players such as Andrei Kirilenko, Jose Barea, Luke Ridnour and Dante Cunningham have been keeping this team afloat but the Wolves have still had an unfortunate fair share of struggles. Nikola Pekovic has been suffering from badly bruised quadriceps, Alexey Shved with a twisted ankle, Brandon Roy has knee issues again, Malcolm Lee just had hip surgery, Ricky Rubio is still a bit rusty (since he just came back after ACL/MCL surgery) and both Chase Budinger and Josh Howard just had knee surgery. Then there's All-Star and Olympian Kevin Love who is out for two months with a broken hand, again. Nonetheless, can this struggling Timberwolves team make the playoffs this year without an injured Kevin Love?

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January 25, 2013  10:35 PM ET

nope!!!!!!

January 26, 2013  08:30 AM ET

The thing with Minny is that no player wants to stay there so even if they assemble an all star team they still won't make the playoffs cos their players will always have one step outside the door. It's just a case of location. So no... they aint going nowhere. Minny fans get used to this.

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January 26, 2013  10:24 AM ET

The West is too tough. Plenty of teams in the mix for the last two or three spots. Twolves have suffered a huge number of injuries, not just Love, which is too bad because they could have been there this year.

 
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