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Ricky Rubio to sit out Tuesday vs. Heat due to back-to-back

Dec 17, 2012, 3:39 PM EST

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The Miami Heat keep catching breaks at home (and their home fans keep losing out). There was the much publicized — and expensive — time Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in Miami. But that was just the tip of the iceberg —Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all have sat vs. Miami.

Now you can add Ricky Rubio to that list, or at least you can after Tuesday.

Rubio just returned from knee surgery — and looked good — but is not playing back-to-backs so will sit out the Miami game Tuesday, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune.

Ricky Rubio says he will play tonight in Orlando, but not Tuesday in Miami against LeBron James and the Heat on the NBA as part of the team’s plan not to play him on the second game of back-to-back situations here as he returns from knee surgery.

When asked if he’s disappointed he won’t play against the defending champs in an arena he didn’t play in last year, Rubio said, “Yes, of course, but I have to follow the rules.”

If you are asking “why don’t they sit him against Orlando and play him in Miami, it’s because they want wins. With Rubio in the lineup they likely beat Orlando (although the Magic have played good defense of late). Sit him and that game is a lot closer. However, with or without Rubio in the lineup the Timberwolves likely have a hard time with the Heat (even as up and down as Miami has been this season).

That is especially true with the Timberwolves other games this week being against the Thunder and Knicks. They want the closest thing to the sure win.

  1. michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    That’s too bad. I wish he’d sit out tonight against the Magic instead. Either way it’s great to have him back. Timberwolves will make the playoffs this year and maybe win a round. Kirilenko is a beast!

  2. ezzz2the - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    It seems like every team coming to play in Miami come off a back to back…how is that possible?

    • rodyaugu - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Because they play the magic prior, Orlando not that far away from Miami.

  3. savvybynature - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Interesting, this is pretty similar to what the Spurs did, resting stars on the second night of a B2B for maintenance rather than due to injury.

    I wonder if the T-Wolves will get away with it because they informed the media earlier, because the game is not on TNT, or because Stern doesn’t have the same disdain for the ‘Wolves as he does for the Spurs.

    Be nice if they’d set an actual policy so we didn’t have to speculate, but doubt Stern wants to be accountable to anything but his own whims.

    • diabloryno - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      It’s one minor detail you are leaving out, sir. Rubio is coming off a torn ACL and has only played two games! If memory serves me right, Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, nor Green were coming off any injury. Completely different situation.

  4. magicbucs - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Yea that’s the NBA or I should say stern giving the heat tired teams. Most teams play in Orlando then to Miami the following night.
    Anyway the magic came back from 15 down to beat the wolves. Rubio wasn’t a factor.
    GO MAGIC!

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