(With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer After two miserable seasons and four bad ones before that, the Minnesota Timberwolves had nowhere to go except up.
They're showing a lot more than marginal improvement.
The Timberwolves entered the All-Star break of this lockout-shortened season with a buzzer-beating win over division rival and Western Conference playoff competitor Utah to even their record at 17-17.
Wait. Playoffs? Yes, that's a reality for these remodeled, rejuvenated Wolves, who pulled within just one game of eighth place in the conference standings in the NBA's condensed 66-game schedule.
Seventeen wins is the same amount the Wolves finished with last year with, in 82 games. They've only played 34 times under new coach Rick Adelman with rookie point guard Ricky Rubio and emerging center Nikola Pekovic, and their confidence has continued to grow.
Before Wednesday's comeback victory over the Jazz, Adelman was asked if he thought at the beginning of the seaso...