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“Point guard Ricky Rubio, out for the past four games with left hamstring strain, practiced Monday. He was running drills and shooting threes from around the arc in the portion that was open to reporters. Rubio is listed as questionable for Tuesdays' game against Miami. He is the team's only listed injured player aside from Nikola Pekovic, who is still recovering from Achilles' tendon surgery.
“’He looked good,’ Mitchell said of Rubio, ‘but we'll see how he feels after practice and we'll see how he feels tomorrow.’
“The Wolves are 4-2 this season with Rubio, who is averaging 13 points, 9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. They are 0-4 without him and have a 16-game losing streak when he sits that stretches back to March.”
“The past four games, thrust into the starting lineup by Ricky Rubio’s hamstring strain, LaVine has shown both the wonderful and the woeful sides of his game.”
“He has scored 51 points the past two games. Over the past four he has averaged 21.0 points, shot 46.3 percent, with 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. There have been stretches when he scored in bunches and, for those minutes, dominated play.”
“But there also have been times when he struggled. He had eight turnovers in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 10. He has struggled on defense, especially with the pick-and-roll. Clearly, the Wolves offense doesn’t run as well with LaVine in charge as it does when Rubio is healthy.”
“The Timberwolves’ 2:30 p.m. game Sunday against Memphis at Target Center is the first of six Sunday afternoon games they’ll play between now and mid-January.
“Target Center old-timers might remember Sunday-afternoon games as quite commonplace once upon a time, in February and March after the NFL season ends. But they’ve been rare in recent seasons, because of NBA regulations that prohibit teams broadcasting their games during ABC’s national late-afternoon time slot.
“They’re back, though, in a big way for the Wolves this season — as was a rare 5 p.m. Saturday game in Chicago a week ago — partly for this reason: Midafternoon in Minnesota is 9:30 p.m. in Barcelona and prime time, too, elsewhere in neighboring countries and cultures where the evening’s activities just start later.
The Wolves’ international-flavored roster is popular on a new schedule of 23 ‘NBA Sundays’ games broadcast across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.
“That’s why the recent Bulls-Wolves game featuring Spanish national teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol tipped off at midnight Saturday in Spain. That’s why Rubio and Marc Gasol are featured this Sunday. And that’s why Rubio as well as Nemanja Bjelica, Gorgui Dieng, Damjan Rudez and maybe someday soon even Nikola Pekovic are paired with Goran Dragic, Dirk Nowitzki and perennial All-Star Chris Paul in the coming weeks.”
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Big game tonight against the 5-2 Heat. Primer to come. For now let’s just check out a bunch of cute wolf pups. Have a great day, Wolfpack!