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NBA Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves Fortunate To Have Healthy Ricky Rubio

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not fair. But after all, it is the NBA.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been zapped with so many injuries lately that there there’s not many other names to put on the NBA lineup card.

The Timberwolves lost 116-94 to the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night and were without the full services of  starting forward Andrei Kirilenko, who could be sidelined a while with a strained left calf, and starting center Nikola Pekovic who has an abdominal strain. They already don’t have Kevin Love Chase Budinger, Malcolm Lee and Brandon Roy from injuries.

It’s hard to establish rhythm this way, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman points out. There’s obviously no continuity to build on for a season.

Hopefully, Ricky Rubio stays healthy for a long time, considering he’s the most exciting player to watch for the Timberwolves. He’s been giving Minnesota some incredible playing minutes lately. He had 13 points and 13 assists against the Lakers, plus eight rebounds, in a well-balanced game. There just weren’t enough other healthy Timberwolves around to do some things.

He ‘s had 34 assists in his last three games. Rubio isn’t calling it a season yet. The Timberwolves are struggling and it can’t be fun to watch your teammates go to the trainer’s room instead of the basketball court. But Rubio keeps coming to work every game. He’ll gladly keep passing the ball to a potential scorer. He just has to have enough healthy teammates available.

What’s holding Rubio up, however, is his mediocre shooting. He’s only 34 percent from the floor and is 14.3 percent from 3-pointers. He’s 78 percent from the free-throw line but needs to get to the foul-line more often.