Greetings on a sunny Saturday.
There was a bit of news to come out of the Wolves’ practice today: Ricky Rubio will not play again this season. Coach Flip Saunders said Rubio’s sore left ankle – originally injured in Orlando Nov. 7 – was not responding well enough to treatment and that there was still soreness there.
“He’s just got soreness in that ankle,” Saunders said. “So they want to rest [it], take care of it. There is no use of him playing. We thought, with what we were doing, that he would get relief. And he’s not getting relief. So we want to make sure there is nothing else happening in there.”
Rubio appeared in a total of 22 games this season, averaging 10.3 points per game – right around his career average – and a career-high 8.8 assists per game. But his shot continued to be a problem; Rubio’s shooting percentage (35.6 percent) was a career low.
Saunders said the organization hopes that further rest will take care of the problem. At this point, he said, surgery is not an option.
“We’re hoping that rest, the next month, will put him in a situation where he’s going to be pretty healthy,” Saunders said. “I don’t think anyone thought it was going to take the turn that it took. They’re trying to do some different things to see if they can get him pain-free.’’
Rubio originally missed 42 games after the Nov. 7 injury, returning to action Feb. 2 at Dallas. But he had missed 11 of the last 12 Wolves games.
Meanwhile, Saunders said that both Kevin Garnett and Gary Neal practiced today, and there is a chance both will see some playing time before the season ends.
Garnett has missed the past 12 games with a sore knee. Neal has not played since injuring his ankle March 22.
That’s about it for now. Have a great weekend.