Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 1:50 pm  |  12 responses

Minnesota Timberwolves to Limit Ricky Rubio’s Playing Time

Ricky Rubio is back and thrilling as ever, but the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be (quite understandably) very cautious with him. For the time being, he won’t be allowed to play in back-to-back games as he recovers from knee surgery. Per 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.’ He said he was anxious to see how his knee would feel Sunday morning when he awoke after playing his first game and said it felt pretty good. ‘Finally everything is back,’ he said. Asked about having to watch that overtime because of his minutes limit, he said, ‘I kept asking give me an extra minute at least but they didn’t want to. They did it right.’ How long his minutes will be limited and how long he won’t play in back-to-back games isn’t certain right now. ‘It’s hard, and I told them it’s going to be hard to keep doign that for a long time,’ he said. ‘I can accept for a couple days, but I just want to play as many minutes as I can … Let’s see how I feel after 3 or 4 games with limited minutes and see if we can move forward.’”

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  • nhm

    this guy answers all questions on point, very honest and is respectful to his organization… can’t be said with love though.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Rickys a leader. love is a primadonna brat

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Rubio is back and hungry. i like the ambition to hit the floor running. but i can imagine its a catch 22. he wants to play, but the knee needs to ease back into things

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    It’s fair to call Love a brat…but he was very honest! his honesty is why people are getting pisssed at him in the first place!

  • The Fury

    Ricky, getting the Popovich treatment. So will the Wolve’s receive a fine for not playing Rubio against the Heat?? lol

  • everynowhere

    MAN its about to be fun to watch this team again.

  • Jimmy

    twolves and warriors are both going to be quietly dangerous in the playoffs

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  • AndyK

    Haha no joke! I would like to see Rubio try to out-do Lebron with pretty assists though tonight

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.kelleher.1610 Andrew Kelleher

    Love the guy, but would like to see him place against the Heat. Understandable though.

  • Mike From Spain

    Ricky looked great in his first match. Not so good last night. 0/3, 4 assist, 3 turnovers… I guess it is the rust.

  • RunNGun

    Take it easy, Rubio. Don’t want you to go back to the bench on injured reserve and waste my league pass ’till D-Rose gets back.