Ricky Rubio Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Star’s Back

January 1st, 2013 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »
Ricky Rubio will miss the Minnesota Timberwolves' two-game road trip this week due to back spasms, according to the Associated Press, via Yahoo! Sports. 

The 22-year-old point guard has played in just five games this season after coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Rubio was a spark plug for the Timberwolves in his rookie campaign last season, averaging 10.6 points, 8.2 assists and 2.2 steals, but the team still went 26-40 in a shortened season.

Current starter Luke Ridnour and backup Jose Juan Barea have filled in with Rubio out of action. Ridnour is averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 assists, while Barea is averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists.

The Timberwolves are 14-13 heading into the next two games against the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. They rank sixth in the NBA in points per game allowed and second in rebounds per game, but 19th in points per game.

While Rubio isn't known as a top scorer, his ability to facilitate as a pure point guard helps Minnesota on offense. 

Rubio, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, has played in just 46 games for the Timberwolves since then. He can be a dy ...

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