You may well not remember this, but Minnesota started the season 2-2, with those losses being close ones to the Bulls and Grizzlies, and looked like a team showing promise. Then Ricky Rubio went down with an ankle injury Nov. 7 in Orlando (when he stepped on a defender’s foot), and he has been out ever since. It was the first of a string of injuries that hit the already not deep Timberwolves.
Minnesota has gone 6-36 since Rubio went down.
So it is big news for the Timberwolves that Rubio is healthy and will make his return to the lineup on Monday vs. Dallas, something first reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.
Paired with the return of Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin to the lineup in recent weeks, this should make the Timberwolves less of a pushover.
This should mean less of rookie Zach LaVine as a point guard and playmaker, which is a very good thing as he is not good at it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pumped he’s in the All-Star Dunk Contest, he’s great at that, but his basketball decision making skills and shooting need a lot of work. He was asked to do things he was just not capable of in the absence of Rubio.