Ricky Rubio took full part in practice. Barring a setback, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said Rubio would play Tuesday against Orlando.
Rubio missed the last two games after tweaking his left ankle – the same one he had surgery on – in Minnesota’s victory over Atlanta the day before Thanksgiving.
But he was not a willing spectator, according Arnie Kander, the team’s vice president of sports performance. According to Kander, Rubio very much wanted to play in each of the games, but Kandor wouldn’t let him because he felt Rubio wasn’t close enough to 100 percent. Kandor said he could see that Rubio wasn’t moving well enough during warmups. Given Rubio is coming off surgery on the same ankle, Kander said he wants to make sure Rubio is at least at 90 percent with the ankle before letting him play.
The good news is, the Wolves saw that out of Rubio today in practice.