Kevin Love left the Minnesota Timberwolves for a weekend in New Orleans, the NBA All-Star game and accompanying festivities providing a brief-but-not-relaxing break from a frustrating season that has been both taxing on many levels. That appearance in the playoffs this star-crossed franchise hasn't enjoyed in 10 years has proven elusive still, despite what's widely considered the most talented roster assembled by the Wolves since that last run. That team, led by Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell, remains the only one in 25 years that ever won a playoff series. Coach Rick Adelman was asked this week if the Wolves have enough collective mental toughness to mount a legitimate turnaround over the next two months.



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