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Ricky Rubio wants more minutes, despite some pain in his knee

Jan 16, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook AP

Ricky Rubio, coming off an ACL surgery, has been on a minutes limit — he played 22 a game up until Monday night when he got 26.

But he is frustrated and wants to do more, he told NBA.com.

“It’s hard because I still have a little pain and it’s something you have to fight through and get through,” said the 22-year-old Spaniard before the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 113-98 to the Dallas Mavericks, a fourth consecutive defeat for Minnesota and yet another game that Rubio would come off the bench and be limited by a minutes restriction.

“I talk with the guys who had the same injury and they say about a year, a year-and-a-half [after surgery] they started feeling, like, normal,” Rubio continued. “It’s tough when you’re playing with something in your mind; you don’t want to think about it, but it’s in your mind that you’re going slower and you are not who you used to be.

“That’s going to come, but you have to be patient.”

The fact he is fighting through pain is the reason the Timberwolves have to be cautious here. That and that the team is struggling and now will not have Kevin Love back for at least two months. The playoffs are a fading hope for the Timberwolves this season.

But it’s not about this season, it’s about the next one and the five after that. The core of this team is still a playoff team, a potentially very good one. And you have to make decisions with the long-term in mind.

And if that means a minute limit, then keep him on it. Especially if there is pain.

  1. coldyron - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Let him play, he’ll be out of the league in 5 years anyway once Love leaves that joke of an organization.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:42 AM

      WTF?

  2. nbascreed - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    “fighting through pain” isn’t something the Wolves brass should be LETTING him do. Of course the kid will want to play but the adults need to step in here. Sit him down. There’s no sense in mortgaging a still promising future for a shot at the playoffs now. Ask Doug Collins and Detroit how well allowing a star player to play through an injury worked out in the long run.

    ktgotgame.com

  3. lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Damn Ricky, let that knee get right.

  4. plymouth11 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    He’s competitive and smart too, and the wolves training staff won’t let him push it too hard. The Wolves season has been pretty rough with both Rubio and Love out to start the season and then Love just shooting so poorly and then getting hurt again. Good news though is I have felt like Ricky has been able to play with more energy in the last two games, looking closer to last season than at any point so far this year, so he’s making progess. Go Wolves!

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