The Timberwolves thus far have been disciplined and uniform in their plan to carefully bring precocious point guard Ricky Rubio back from March knee surgery, limiting him exactly to his 18-minute target three times and 16-plus minutes once in his first four games.

Is it time to loosen those limitations?

"I hope so," Rubio said.

Rubio will meet with management and the team's medical staff Wednesday, and all three parties likely will agree to begin increasing his minutes starting with that night's game against Houston at Target Center.

"Well, the trainer is the one who follows the rules," Rubio said, "and I'm going to try to increase more minutes every game and try to get to point where we don't worry about it."

Fueled by adrenaline and emotion, Rubio startled nearly everyone with his season debut against Dallas on Dec. 15. Then, the reality of his nine-month layoff and the nature of his injury became apparent as Rubio's legs and body didn't follow exactly what his mind told him to do.

He was encouraged by Sunday's 18 minutes in a 94-91 loss at New York in which he got to the basket twice for made layups with moves when he trusted his healing left knee and moved better defensively than he had in games last week against Orlando and Oklahoma City.

"Best I felt on defense because I was feeling slow, but [Sunday] I felt pretty good on defense," Rubio said. "I tried to get to the basket a little more. I wasn't afraid as other days, but I still have a way to go. I've been afraid to attack the rim. Sometimes I still do, but it's going to come."