Martin has been out since Nov. 19 with a fractured wrist. The team also announced
The Timberwolves are 15 1/2-point underdogs.
Minnesota is a 6 1/2-point home underdog against New Orleans.
"It's not him not wanting to play or not working," Saunders said.. "He's doing everything he can. We as an organization and the doctors who are involved have been the ones who have tried to hold him back."
After visiting two specialists recently, Rubio was cautioned that an early return could cause a stress fracture in his leg. Rubio took some contact during drills on Tuesday. It was the first time he participated in contact drills since the injury. However, he remains without a timetable for return.
"It's a very unique ankle sprain," Saunders said. "They said at the time it's going to be worse than a high ankle sprain, and everyone knows those go eight to 12 weeks. So it has nothing to do with him not wanting to play."
Rubio has been sidelined since November 7 due to an ankle injury. He's been working his way back, but complications have made it more difficult than expected. Rubio took some contact during drills on Tuesday. It was the first time he participated in contact drills since the injury. Despite his progress, the team has not announced a timeline for his return.
Rubio likely will return soon, though the team has not specified the date. Minnesota plays the Pelicans on Friday and has five more games next week.
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