And on the same day the Timberwolves discovered Kevin Love has broken his shooting hand again, Ricky Rubio missed his third consecutive game because of a back issue that the team has called stiffness and spasms.
Wolves coach Rick Adelman said he's hopeful Rubio will play Tuesday against Atlanta but said his conditioning now will be an issue when he is cleared to play.
"He had the bad back so he couldn't do anything," Adelman said. "He's a tough kid, but that can be deflating to him because he's starting to come and now his conditioning is an issue again. So don't ask me about the minute limitations."
Rubio worked hard with assistant coach Terry Porter running and shooting after Saturday's morning shootaround but was deemed not ready to play.
Rubio's back gets rest, but stamina is sore spot
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 6