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Ricky Rubio will play not Friday, likely will next week

Dec 7, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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UPDATE 1:03 pm: Ricky Rubio may want to play Friday night but he will not, the Timberwolves announced on their official twitter account.

But he is close, so don’t be shocked if we see him next Wednesday or at some point during the week. The Timberwolves could really use him on the offensive end and while they don’t want to rush him if he can go he should go soon.

10:05 am: Ricky Rubio is on the cusp of returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup.

And with it, the NBA just got more fun to watch.

The Spanish point guard with a flair for the game has been out recovering from the torn ACL and following surgery since last March. But he has been practicing with the team this week and he thinks he’s ready to go, reports Daren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota.

Next week the Timberwolves host the Nuggets on Wednesday and are in New Orleans on Friday.

The Timberwolves could use Rubio and his gifts for passing, their offense has lagged this season, they are 22nd in the NBA in points per possession. The Timberwolves got Kevin Love back from a broken hand but that has not been a huge boost, they are just 3-5 in the eight games.

The Minnesota offense has struggled in transition and when guys are getting spot-up opportunities or cutting off the ball — Rubio’s passing and court vision could get guys better looks and lead to more makes in those settings.

At least Rick Adelman hopes so.

  1. doorharp11 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    How about easing him back into the game… He doesnt have to play the full game or even a 1/3 of it. Just get him into the mix so the fans can have something to cheer about. 10-15 min would be nice for tonights game. 4 min in the 1st 5 min in the 3rd and 6 min in the 4th…

  2. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Seriously, play the young man. All we heard last year after the lockout ended was that only PLAYING basketball could get someone in basketball shape yet conditioning is the issue?

  3. pistoleguite - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    A reblogué ceci sur NBA BY @PISTOLEGUITE.

  4. BigBeachBall - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Wont be the same player….

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      what kind of player was he,,,,,, all hype!!

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    this guy is a dud!

    you guys are rooting for a loser.

  6. loungefly74 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    maybe all that backyard wrestling got to him…

  7. dremmel69 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I like the headline. Almost Shakespearean: To play Friday or “to play not Friday”? That is the question!
    It is probably nobler to rest young Rubio another fortnight, or something like that…..

  8. dko83 - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    This guy is a great PG and really fun to watch. Where did all the Rubio hate come from?

  9. doorharp11 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    The hate comes from uneducated fans who only watch the flakers, heat, boston, or new york. They wouldnt have a clue since espn only shows big market games instead of real talent in the nba. I guess the could read a little on what rubio has done… but then again maybe they cant read…

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