Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Don't get too excited. Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio DID participate in practice today (11/18), however it was doing some 5-on-0 offensive walkthroughs.
This also isn't to say that either player is ahead of schedule in their rehabilitation(s). Kevin Love's return date is still tentatively set for the beginning of December and Ricky Rubio's return date still mid-December/early-January.
Nonetheless, it's still some great news. Rick Adelman himself was encouraged that both are back on the court with their teammates.
Nikola Pekovic also returned to practice after missing the past week with an ankle sprain (suffered in Monday's game 11/12 @Dallas). Nikola participated fully, he did have some pain, but I would assume he'll play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.
Neither J.J. Barea (mid-foot sprain) or Brandon Roy (sore right knee) participated in practice. Adelman has said he expects to have J.J. back by the beginning of next month. If you remember last season, Michael Beasley suffered a mid-foot sprain after ten games that kept him out the next three weeks.
Roy was looking to return by Friday for the game in Portland vs. the Trailblazers. It's looking less and less likely he'll be ready to play by then. I wouldn't be surprised if one day in the near future he re-retires. He did decline an interview with the media following today's practice and I haven't seen him travelling with the team or on the bench during any games since he left at halftime vs. the Pacers on 11/9.
With these four days off between the Warriors' game on Friday and the Nuggets' game on Wednesday will be beneficial for the Wolves' new addition, swingman Josh Howard. He'll learn more of the playbook, work on his conditioning and acclimate himself in this new system with his new teammates. At this time, with so many players out with injuries what he can bring as a shooting guard/small forward off the bench will be VERY beneficial.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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