Timberwolves at a glance
Last year The Kid became The Man.
Now KG's ready to become The Champ -- if his mates stay healthy.
Other than the Kings, no playoff team was hit as hard by injuries as the Wolves, who were without Laker-killers Troy Hudson and Sam Cassell in the conference finals. With Cassell about to turn 35 and Latrell Sprewell at 34, this crew doesn't have too many more next years.
|The starters: Can go to KG inside. Can go to KG outside. And they do.|
|PF||Kevin Garnett||Transition play: from Playoff Hump to Da Man||10|
|SF||Wally Szczerbiak||One bad move from being Trenton Hassell's sub again||8|
|C||Michael Olowokandi||Needs to show and prove||7|
|SG||Latrell Sprewell||Midrange J makes up for lost step||8|
|PG||Sam Cassell||First-time All-Star helped make Garnett a first-time MVP||8|
|BENCH||Deep. They can bring in size (Ervin Johnson, Mark Madsen), shooting (Hudson, Fred Hoiberg) and defense (Hassell).||9|