It is still a work in progress, but Ricky Rubio continues to inch his way back to full health.

Friday against the Lakers, the Timberwolves point guard, coming back from left knee surgery, scored nine points on 4-for-9 shooting with four rebounds, seven assists and two steals, though his two late turnovers proved costly.

Saturday? Another step.

He hit a 21-foot jumper early and followed with two driving layups. Then he drove, was fouled and made one of two free throws. In the first quarter alone he had seven points and three assists.

Because of the one-sided nature of Saturday's 115-86 victory over New Orleans, Rubio did not play in the fourth quarter and wound up with just 22 minutes. Still, he finished with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting, seven assists and a steal. Over his last four games, Rubio is averaging 10.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals.

"I've been afraid for my knee since Day 1," said Rubio of his surgically repaired left knee. "But now I'm starting to not think about it at all. I'm more comfortable, I can attack more the rim. Sometimes I feel a little slow, but I'm getting better."