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Ricky Rubio to make season debut Saturday for Timberwolves

Dec 15, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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Ricky Rubio will make his season debut Saturday night when the Timberwolves host the Mavericks, the team announced via official release.

Rubio tore both his ACL and LCL last March, and hasn’t played in a game since.

“I’m excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center,” said Rubio. “After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months.”

It’s been a very up-and-down start to the season for the Timberwolves, mainly due to a rash of injuries. Rubio and Kevin Love weren’t expected to be back by opening night, but the team also saw Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger go down, as well as Malcolm Lee most recently.

Through it all, though, and since Love’s return, the Timberwolves have begun to get back on track, winning three straight and five of their last six. Minnesota is 11-9 on the season.

Dallas will be looking to rebound after losing two straight on the road — a respectable one in overtime in Boston, and then a hard-to-believe 21-point loss in Toronto two days later against one of the league’s worst teams.

Rubio’s return should be exciting to watch; despite all the injuries, Luke Ridnour and Alexey Shved will provide depth behind him at the point guard position, and the flair and style with which Rubio plays should make everyone around him better almost immediately.

We’ll see how long it takes for Rubio to get back into game shape and be the player he was before going down with injury. But once he’s at full strength, Minnesota should not only be a fun team to watch, but a dangerous one, as well.

  1. freemantowilliams - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Finally!! I love watching this guy play. He could end up being a great one.

  2. jessethegreat - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrricky Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrubio!

  3. redbullenergydrink - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    As a Wolves fan, I won’t miss this game! Glad you’re back, Rubio!

  4. Justin - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    This is such a bland write up on the excitement that is his return. It is also clear that it comes from someone who doesn’t ever watch the Wolves. Shved won’t be providing depth at the PG position. He can be a primary ball-handler but he plays the 2. How about some mention of JJ Barea too? Or Josh Howard’s hyperextended knee. Or Love’s 7-35 shooting the last two games.

    But no instead quote the team website and check our injury report real quick and our record for the last 6 games. Write up complete! Now back to some Lakers stories!

    • davidly - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      This is a blog, not a article in a newspaper. What that means is that you have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation without wondering whether your letter to the editor will be printed.

      So, you have a choice:
      Either amend the post–which is about Rubio’s return, by the way–with info you find valuable, rather than the cursory factoids you bitchingly allude to.

      Or go to a Minnesota news website.

  5. RUAHORNH8R - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Justin, could not agree more! The modern sports reporting has become so vanilla. If you are not the Lakers, Nicks, Clippers, or Heat, why even bother reading the reports.
    Same goes for NFL, Patriots, Packers, Jets, Giants, Steelers.
    Baseball, Yankees, Dodgers, Red Socks,
    It is so boring these days, hopefully, a real sports network will emerge, and get to the good stuff that we as fans all clamor for

  6. RUAHORNH8R - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    If you don’t like what I wrote, Miss Davidly, move on to the next comment.
    It is a legitimate platform to express my opinion , RE: a specific team, player, or story. I would go to a Minnesota site, but it’s already been said. The purpose of coming to this blog is to get a different or fresh perspective. But if the writer just copies and pastes what is already been said on the local sites, then that is just lazy reporting! I apologize if this is all way over your head man!

    • davidly - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      If you don’t like what I wrote, Miss Davidly, move on to the next comment.
      Oh, the irony: that you apparently don’t see your own recommendation shat back atcha (just in case the concept of irony is, like, over your head, man); and that your “lesson on legitimate platforms” addresses someone who wasn’t even replying to you.

      • mnsportsfan - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        Uh oh! We have another one of those grammar tough guys! Parents hide your kids because this guy will get you by over powering you with his sheer intelligence. I bet he’ll even tell you that he’s an Ivy Leaguer!

      • davidly - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Grammar?

      • badintent - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        Wow, this is getting to be like the Laker ,Knicks and Celtics postings.! Who knew ? Happy Holidays and good will to all and for all.

  7. Justin - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Yeah and this is a basketball blog so I come here to hear a writer’s personal opinion on how this could negatively or positively affect the Timberwolves. He is writing it like a weak news article. I knew Rubio was coming back long before I read this from actual newspapers.

  8. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    One of the exciting young players in this league. And great that he plays in the Mid West.

  9. adoombray - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    let’s just say that i’m skipping on certain adult activities with someone i’m seeing as a result of this.

    rubio’s not a backyard wrestler, he’s a sex life destroyer. he dishes assists on the court, but he ain’t helping anyone’s relationship. NOT NOW RUBIO’S PLAYING

  10. BigBeachBall - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Wont be the same player…

  11. rgledz - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Why don’t you expand on your comment bigbeachball? Back it up a little…..especially since you’re completely wrong. Why won’t he be the same player?? Does the ACL affect his passing ability? Does it affect his court vision, his playmaking ability, his feel for the game? The answer is no on all accounts. He’s not an explosive player that beats guys one on one and drives to dunk. He’s an true point guard who’s vision and playmaking ability makes everybody on his team better. He will do nothing but get better and fulfill his promise of being an NBA star. Your turn…..

  12. RUAHORNH8R - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Yeah,
    That’s what they said about Adrian Peterson, how did that one turn out! He is looking great thus far!

  13. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    RIIIICCCCKKKKKKYYYYYYY

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