STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
After two seasons of rebuilding under GM David Kahn that seemed to be going nowhere, the Timberwolves finally appeared to turn the corner last season and posted their most wins in the post-Kevin Garnett era. Ricky Rubio, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, finally joined the NBA, after playing in Spain several years, and was an immediate sensation with his passing ability and strong defense. With Rubio energizing the team's defense and averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists, Minnesota was poised to make the playoffs at 21-19 on March 9. Unfortunately, on March 9, Rubio tore the ACL in his knee and Minnesota's playoff hopes were dashed as the team went 5-21 the rest of the season. But the early-season improvement wasn't all due to Rubio. Kevin Love showed his 2010-11 breakout season was no fluke, and a victory in the All Star game's three-point shooting contest highlighted his versatility. He took t
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