Thursday , Dec , 13 , 2012 Paul Eide

Ricky Rubio Back On Saturday

Ricky Rubio may finally be back in action.

HoopVibe Very Quick Call: T-Wolves are finally close to full strength.

Today, reports are indicating that T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio will play for the first time this season against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Believe it or not, it’s almost been nine months since Rubio injured the knee and the estimated time table was right on, unlike for Dirk Nowitzki. I’m still amazed that an athlete can come back from a torn ACL after just nine months. Not that long ago, it was essentially a death knell, the end of a players career, as it sapped speed and mobility. Now, thanks to guys like Rubio and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, an ACL injury just means extended down time.

The success Rubio had in his rookie season was a big surprise to a lot of people. He averaged double figures (10.6 ppg), finished sixth in the NBA in assists with 8.2 apg and proved to be a capable defender, averaging 2.2 steals a game. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect.

In a week where Kevin Love’s frustration with management publicly boiled over, the team could use some on-court news to focus on. The Wolves have accumulated a 10-9 record in the absence of several key players and are as close to being back to full strength as they have been all season, with the exceptions being Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy.

It will be interesting to see how the guard rotation plays itself out with Rubio’s return. Luke Ridnour has done a solid job as a replacement. Alexy Shved and JJ Barea have played well, and suddenly the T-Wolves are pretty deep in the backcourt.

On paper this team is as exciting as any squad in the NBA. Now, with the return of Rubio, we finally get to see how good they really are.

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