Via Associated Press:
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t had much good news lately until their recent practice when three players were well enough to participate. Those were Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio who participated in 5-on-0 offensive walk-throughs for the first time. Though this is a great sign it doesn’t give us a better estimate of how long before they return. According to Star Tribune Love is expected to return soon followed by Rubio. Love is expected around December 1st and Rubio sometime later that month.
Per Associated Press:
“Ricky’s so smart,” Adelman said. “He knew everything, every play we had and where everybody should be. That’s just who he is. The more we get him on the court, even if it’s five-on-none and doing some shooting, it’s good for the team.”
While he’s been out, Rubio has been a constant presence on the Timberwolves bench, encouraging teammates and handing out some advice whenever he can, particularly to rookie guard Alexey Shved.
Even though Rubio is starting to ramp things up, Adelman said the team will be cautious bringing him back.
“We have to be careful about the expectations,” he said. “He had a serious injury. You want him on the court and everything but you’re going to have to judge how quickly. … He’s going to have his ups and downs. But he’s just the type of young man that he’s going to get through it. He’s just going to have to have the type of patience himself.”
Neither J.J. Barea (sprained foot) nor Brandon Roy (knee) participated in contact portions of practice on Sunday.
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