2:30 p.m. at L.A. Clippers Staples Center • FSN
Preview: The Wolves worked individually at UCLA on Saturday and didn’t hold a real practice after arriving in Los Angeles from Friday’s 101-91 victory at Sacramento late the night before. Starting point guard Ricky Rubio didn’t play Friday because of soreness in his left ankle, but Rubio was targeting Sunday’s game for a return if he shows enough progress in moving both directions. The Wolves have won three consecutive games and are 6-2 on the road. The Clippers had lost four of their past five and six of eight before thumping New Orleans 111-90 in a game when Pelicans star Anthony Davis left early because of a knee injury. They’ve won the past 12 meetings between the teams, including the last six at Staples Center. The Wolves’ last win was Feb. 28, 2012.
Players to watch: Rubio and Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul rank third and fourth, respectively, in assists. Rubio is averaging 8.5 a game and Paul 8.4, but Paul and the Clippers hold a 7-2 edge when the two have played against each other. Paul also is averaging 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes this season.
Injuries: Rubio and F Nemanja Bjelica, who has missed the last four games because of a knee contusion are both questionable. Nikola Pekovic remains out indefinitely while recovering from April surgery on his Achilles tendon. He continues to run and work on 1-on-1 and could advance to 5-on-5 court week by mid-December. The Clippers report no injuries..