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Can Wolves win without Rubio?

How have the Timberwolves responded since losing Ricky Rubio for the season? So far, with a home loss against New Orleans Saturday night. The real test starts tonight when the Wolves begin a two week, seven game road trip against Phoenix. As Kevin Love puts it: "It's make it or break it time."
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How have the Timberwolves responded since losing Ricky Rubio for the season? So far, with a home loss against New Orleans Saturday night. The real test starts tonight when the Wolves begin a two week, seven game road trip against Phoenix. As Kevin Love puts it: "It's make it or break it time."

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