What a difference a season makes

Andrei Kirilenko has stepped up his play in Minnesota with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio out. Tom Szczerbowski/US Presswire

It was just one game, but it was a pretty impressive one for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With five players missing due to injury and a sixth (seemingly indestructible center Nikola Pekovic) joining them by the end, the Wolves somehow left Dallas with a fairly easy road win to improve to 5-2 on the season.