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Vernon Wells sees chance to win

Updated: March 3, 2011, 3:31 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was easier some springs than others for Vernon Wells to convince himself his team had a chance to contend. By mid-May or early June, the mirage had vanished, leaving what looked like an endless waste of filler months on the schedule.

After a while, playing on a team that seemed etched into a third- or fourth-place finish every single season, you simply bowed to the inevitable.

"Playing in that division for so long, you just get used to it," Wells said.

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