Rubio starting light practice work

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm •  Published: November 18, 2012
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Pekovic said Sunday he expects to play when they return to the court on Wednesday night. It remains unclear if Barea and Roy will join him.

But everyone is waiting for Love and Rubio, the dynamic point guard whose infectious attitude, flashy passing and perimeter defense fueled a basketball revival for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2004. Rubio started doing lateral movement earlier this month, but Adelman said they won't have a clear timetable for his return until he begins full-contact work in practice.

"Ricky's so smart," Adelman said. "He knew everything, every play we had and where everybody should be. That's just who he is. The more we get him on the court, even if it's five-on-none and doing some shooting, it's good for the team."

While he's been out, Rubio has been a constant presence on the Timberwolves bench, encouraging teammates and handing out some advice whenever he can, particularly to rookie guard Alexey Shved.

Even though Rubio is starting to ramp things up, Adelman said the team will be cautious bringing him back.

"We have to be careful about the expectations," he said. "He had a serious injury. You want him on the court and everything but you're going to have to judge how quickly. ... He's going to have his ups and downs. But he's just the type of young man that he's going to get through it. He's just going to have to have the type of patience himself."

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