Ricky Rubio to miss next two road games
Ricky Rubio sat out of Saturday’s win over the Phoenix Suns due to back spasms. Although he experienced back issues during last Friday’s practice, Ricky Rubio’s status due to the injury didn’t become certain until right before Saturday’s game. Ricky Rubio again sat out of practice on Monday.
The 22-year-old Ricky Rubio has played just five games all season and could now miss the road games against Utah Jazz on Wednesday and Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Ricky Rubio’s averaging 4.2 points and 4 assist on 18.3 minutes per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said it doesn’t make much sense to have fly Ricky Rubio over to Utah with back spasms followed by a back-to-back game against the Denver Nuggets. Rick Adelman believed it was best if Ricky Rubio stayed behind to get in health for Saturday night’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
"He can get treatment the next three days and maybe be ready for Portland (at Target Center)…(since) the medical people feel it makes more sense for him to stay here,” Rick Adelman said of Ricky Rubio on Tuesday. “This is something we don't need to push. We don't want something else to go haywire.”
Although Ricky Rubio was again limited to light shooting during practice on Tuesday, there’s the slim possibility of his joining the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they take off late Tuesday for the road trip, based on his performance till later in the day. Either way, Ricky Rubio was expected to miss back-to-back games ever since his return from left knee injury in the 15th December regular season debut against the Dallas Mavericks.
Ricky Rubio tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on 9th March. He underwent reconstructive knee surgery on 21st March and missed the first 20 games of the regular season before making a slow return. Rick Adelman intended to increase his minutes right before Ricky Rubio developed the back spasms.
Rick Adelman added that Ricky Rubio’s back issues could have developed due to overcompensating for a knee during practice that hasn’t fully healed yet.
"Now my back hurts…You trust the knee and start trying different things, and then get sore in different spots," said Ricky Rubio. "I have to keep working on it. On Friday, I could hardly move at all."
All three games this week against the – Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers – are crucial for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are all within two games of each other for clinching final playoffs spot in otherwise a deep Western Conference. There’s only a difference of five games between the 6th and 12th seeds in the Western Conference.
Moreover, the Los Angeles Lakers are finally returning from injuries while the Dallas Mavericks also have Dirk Nowitzki back. It’s going to be crowded at the bottom in the Western Conference, which is why it’s so important get wins over teams in the same conference and thus improve seeding.