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More positivity from Kevin Love about Timberwolves

Sep 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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After last season then when hanging out with Team USA, Kevin Love was more than happy to tell you how frustrated he was with the Timberwolves roster. Frustrated that their playoff chances blew up with Ricky Rubio’s knee. Frustrated that when Rubio went down the Timberwolves roster was exposed.

But this summer the Timberwolves got deeper and better — Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, Greg Stiemsma, Lou Amundson and rookie Russian guard Alexey Shved (who impressed during the Olympics) are all coming to town.

And of late, Love has been nothing but positive and talking playoffs. He was doing that again on Tuesday.

“I have faith in this team,” Love said on Tuesday. “I have faith in what we’ve done this offseason.”

Love talked about the depth, talked about having a cohesive locker room (something missing last year). And he continues to talk about Minnesota making the playoffs.

“I really think we have a great shot to make the playoffs,” Love said. “If anyone else says otherwise, I think we have to go out there and prove what we’re made of.”

Well, they are going to have to prove it. Not because of what anybody says, but because in a deep Western Conference they are going to have to beat out teams like Dallas and Utah — pretty good teams — for a playoff spot.

Fortunately for all of us, the time for talk is almost over.

  1. nycalldayz - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    The Timberwolves and Cavs are prime examples of when dominate superstars in Garnett and James leave the after effects aren’t good. Just saying.

    • pacific123ocean - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      I see you left out Carmelo. The Nuggets are better without him, and the Knicks still suck!

      • nycalldayz - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Carmelo? Seriously. You’re comparing Melo’s departure to Garnett and James. Melo doesn’t make players around him better. Garnett and James does.

      • nbascreed - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        Are they really better w/o him? I’ve heard people parrot that meme but it seems all based on emotion vis-a-vis how you felt about Melo. I don’t really think they are a better team. Melo, Chauncey, et al at their peak was pretty formidable.

      • redbullenergydrink - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Nbascreed, the answer is yes. Yes, the nuggets are a better team without Melo because of the players acquired. That team has chemistry now. In fact, the Nuggets have actually won more games than the Knicks after the trade.

  2. rooney24 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    What happened to Chase Budinger? Wasn’t he one of the additions that was supposed to help out, at least to add depth? I keep seeing this story on various sites today, listing all the other players, but no one is mentioning Budinger. I just find it odd.

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