Found April 01, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Wednesday morning, 10:45 a.m., Target Center, Minneapolis. The Lakers shuffle into shootaround, their line single-file, their hoods up, chatter nonexistent. This is not a raucous group, not a particularly cheerful one, and when 39-year-old Steve Nash is doing squats deeper than those of any of his teammates during drills, you know there's at least something of a problem. Thus began a four-day stretch in Minnesota during which the Timberwolves faced the three tiers of the Western Conference playoff picture: the pretenders, the contenders and finally the aspirers. That is, the Lakers, Thunder and Grizzlies. It would be a grueling stretch for any team, not just the battered Timberwolves who are finally trying to integrate some players back into their lineup while also chasing 1,000 wins for coach Rick Adelman. Two weeks ago, to glance at this stretch on the schedule was to shudder; the quality would not be good, one had to think, and the games would no doubt be blowouts. It was...
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