THE WOLVES' decadelong playoff drought, fourth longest in NBA history, should've ended last year. But injuries (346 combined games missed) and poor shooting (30.5 percent from 3) crushed postseason hopes. The offseason loss of Andrei Kirilenko hurts the 13th-ranked D, but the additions of Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer should compensate. And with healthy stars Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic, the NBA's worst-shooting team projects to be an average one -- and finally back in the playoffs.
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