Minnesota's EVEN better with Ricky Rubio on the floor, too. This weekend we got some good news on that front. Rubio returned to Vail Colorado where the surgery was performed in hopes that his doctor with give him clearance to return to practice.
We've heard rumblings about him participating in 5-on-0 offensive walkthroughs, that he's shooting in practices and before games. We've seen him on Fox Sports North before games warming up and running up and down the floor, I haven't however seen him move laterally (side-to-side) which is VERY important.
It's no secret that the Wolves' starting backcourt is absolutely dreadful right now, let's face it: Luke Ridnour & Malcolm Lee just aren't 'cutting it'.
We all know that Ricky is a flashy passer who creates easy buckets for his teammates. However, what will be most appreciated upon his return is his defense. Ricky is a very good perimeter defender. Before the injury last season he was averaging 2.2 steals a game. He also does a very good job of keeping his opponent in front of him, bumping and hassling opponents from getting where they want to.
The hope is that Ricky will be cleared by his doctor and return to practice when the Wolves return to from that four-game West coast trip. The Wolves play the Kings on Tuesday and the Clippers on Wednesday. They'll have Thursday off before facing the Bucks at the Target Center and then they'll have the next three days off before returning to action vs. the 76ers in Philadelphia. I'd assume he'd return to practice during that three-day stretch (assuming he's cleared).
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!