After a good practice yesterday and shootaround this morning, Ricky Rubio is back in the starting lineup tonight at Miami after he missed the last four games becasue of what the team called a mild hamstring strain.
"He said he felt pretty good, so he's going to play," Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell said before tonight's game. "I can't tell you how much, depends on his conditioning and how he feels. He's still not 100 percent."
He's presence is needed. The Wolves started the season 4-2 with him and are 0-4 without him.
"It's obvious in our defensive numbers since he's been out," Mitchell said. "It's not a discredit to Zach and those guys. They're just young. Ricky understands the concepts and principles of what we're trying to do and he has more confidence because this is his fourth year compared to Zach and his second year."
With Rubio back in the lineup, the Wolves go back to making rookie Tyus Jones and injured Nikola Pekovic their two inactive players tonight.