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Minnesota Timberwolves Who Must Step Up in Second Half of the Season
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If there is any playoff hope left for the Minnesota Timberwolves, then players are going to have to step up for the team.  

Different guys have shown that they can do it; it’s just a matter of now seeing them do it on a consistent basis.

In all actuality, we’ve seen Timberwolves step up all year long. Andrei Kirilenko came in and became team leader in less than half a season. Alexey Shved went from an undrafted rookie to a Rookie of the Year candidate—heck, we even saw Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson come out of nowhere (actually, the Euro-League and D-League, respectively) and lead the Wolves to a much needed win over the Houston Rockets.

It has been an uphill battle, but the Wolves haven’t lost control of the season.

With Kevin Love out for the next 6-8 weeks, it’s time to see more players stepping up to take control of the team.

Note: All stats are valid as of 01/22/13

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