3 Reasons the Minnesota Timberwolves Will Make a Playoff Run in 2012-13

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3 Reasons the Minnesota Timberwolves Will Make a Playoff Run in 2012-13
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Kevin Love is ready to carry Minnesota to the playoffs

The Minnesota Timberwolves have not made the playoffs since 2004, but there's already a feeling that streak will end. The 2012-13 Minnesota squad has its sights on the playoffs for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era.

The Timberwolves have had seven years of bad luck. Now, the mirror has been mended, and the 'Wolves are ready to bring the playoffs back to the Twin Cities.

With a solid foundation of youth consisting of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota has a core to rely on this season. It also has a coach in Rick Adelman that will finally be able to install his entire offense. He was limited due to last season's lockout, and the team missed valuable offseason work.

But the Timberwolves are still "The Timberwolves," and have been the punchline for many jokes along with teams like Cleveland and the Clippers. But how can a team that went 26-40 last season possibly make the playoffs?

There are three answers to this question, and they will finally result in a postseason appearance for Minnesota.

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