Love, Rubio hit practice court for Timberwolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 12:07 PM

Nikola Pekovic also returned, but bad Brandon Roy news emerged.


Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio (shown in a Feb. 2012 game against Houston) took the practice floor together for the first time Sunday. They participated only in 5-on-0 offensive walk-throughs during practice's teaching parts, and their presence doesn't necessarily mean either injured player's timetable to return -- Love somewhere around Dec. 1 with that broken hand, Rubio sometime later that month following March knee surgery -- has changed.

Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune file

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

For a team that hasn't had any lately, the Timberwolves got some good news about their injured on Sunday when starters Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio all took the floor together for the first time this season.

Of course, in keeping with their lengthy history with injuries already this young season, there also was some bad.

On the same day Love and Rubio participated in a 5-on-0 offensive walk-through for the first time, Portland's Oregonian newspaper reported late Sunday night that Wolves guard Brandon Roy's comeback from retirement will be delayed by arthroscopic right knee surgery this week.

Pekovic returned to practice fully on Sunday in preparation for Wednesday's game against Denver. Love and Rubio joined him during the practice's teaching parts.

Their presence doesn't necessarily mean either injured player's timetable -- Love somewhere around Dec. 1 with that broken hand, Rubio sometime later that month following March knee surgery -- has changed

But Wolves coach Rick Adelman was encouraged to see both working with their teammates nonetheless.

"Just having them for 5-on-0 gives them a sense that when we get them back, we'll be pretty good," Adelman said. "We can't wait for that; we have to go out and play. But it just gives them a sense. Ricky's so smart. He knew every play we had and he knew where every player should be. That's just who he is.

"The more we get him on the court, even if it's 5-on-0 and do shooting, it's good for the team."

Rubio has been running and jumping for some time. He's also moving laterally now and likely will return to his Vail, Colo., surgeon for a final checkup before he's cleared for full practices.

"We have to be careful about the expectations," Adelman said. "He had a serious injury. You want him on the court. But you have to judge how quickly. He's going to have his ups and downs. He's just the type of young man, he's going to get through it. He just has to have some patience himself. Once he gets on the floor in practice where he can actually have some contact, we'll probably have a pretty good judge about where he's at."

Right now, Adelman coaches a team with only three healthy guards -- starting point guard Luke Ridnour and shooting guards Malcolm Lee and Alexey Shved -- until point guard J.J. Barea returns after a two-week absence and Rubio is cleared to play, probably sometime in mid-December. The Wolves also signed swingman Josh Howard on Thursday.

Until then, Rubio sits on the Wolves' bench nightly and fills an unofficial role as an extra assistant coach of sorts.

"He really has been," Adelman said. "He really has been talking to Lexey a lot, and I think that really helps. He's a very intelligent player. He sees everything. He's willing to talk to guys to help them. I think with Lexey especially, it helps."

Love last week said he plans to have his broken hand X-rayed on Tuesday. The results will be sent to his New York City specialist, and he then hopes to get approval to begin strengthening the hand and begin shooting and ballhandling with it.

Barea and Roy did not practice Sunday, and Adelman said after practice, "I have no idea," when asked whether either will play against the Nuggets.

Roy hasn't played since leaving a Nov. 9 game against Indiana after aggravating a knee he had originally banged in the preseason finale against Milwaukee. The Oregonian reported Sunday that he will undergo the seventh knee operation of his career, dating back to his high school days.

Pekovic, though, said Sunday that he intends to play Wednesday. He had hoped to play in Friday's 106-98 home loss to Golden State in which his team got clobbered on the backboards and in points in the paint without him.

"They just want to make sure I don't hurt it [more]," Pekovic said Sunday of the decision to sit out Friday. "Today I practice, tomorrow I practice. It's good, it's good. Still I got a little pain, but it's nothing special."

Pekovic's return will give the Wolves the inside presence they so obviously lacked against the Warriors.

"It's a big factor. They don't handle us on the boards like they did," Adelman said. "He's a handful around the basket that they have to guard."

  • TIMBERWOLVES Up next: 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Denver • Target Center • TV: FSN

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Cleveland 4 Suspended
Kansas City 2
Baltimore - W. Chen 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - M. Pineda
Kansas City - D. Duffy 6:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Carrasco
Seattle - J. Paxton 6:07 PM
Toronto - J. Happ
Chicago WSox - C. Bassitt 6:08 PM
Detroit - K. Lobstein
Pittsburgh - F. Liriano 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Harang
Houston - N. Tropeano 7:05 PM
Texas - D. Holland
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood
Arizona - J. Collmenter 7:10 PM
Minnesota - R. Nolasco
LA Angels - C. Wilson 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Samardzija
San Francisco - J. Peavy 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Colorado - T. Matzek 9:10 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
San Diego 22 FINAL
Buffalo 10
Dallas 34 FINAL
St. Louis 31
Washington 34 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
Houston 17 FINAL
NY Giants 30
Minnesota 9 FINAL
New Orleans 20
Tennessee 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 33
Baltimore 23 FINAL
Cleveland 21
Green Bay 7 FINAL
Detroit 19
Indianapolis 44 FINAL
Jacksonville 17
Oakland 9 FINAL
New England 16
San Francisco 14 FINAL
Arizona 23
Denver 20 FINAL
Seattle 26
Kansas City 34 FINAL
Miami 15
Pittsburgh 37 FINAL
Carolina 19
Chicago 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Ottawa 12:30 PM
NY Islanders
Ottawa 5:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Detroit 6:00 PM
Toronto 6:00 PM
Washington 6:00 PM
Minnesota 7:00 PM
St. Louis 7:30 PM
Anaheim 8:00 PM
Colorado 9:00 PM
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Arizona 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(12) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(9) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
(23) East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(20) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
(14) Miss State 34 FINAL
(17) LSU 29
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Ball State 23 FINAL
Toledo 34
(13) So Carolina 48 FINAL
Vanderbilt 34
(4) Oklahoma 45 FINAL
West Virginia 33
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
Houston 47
Miami-Florida 31 FINAL
(21) Nebraska 41
New Mexico 38 FINAL
New Mexico St 35
Clemson 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 23
California 45 FINAL
Arizona 49
San Diego St 7 FINAL
Oregon State 28
(2) Oregon 38 FINAL
Washington St 31
Louisiana 9 FINAL
Boise State 34
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 32 FINAL
Saskatchewan 35
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question