Rubio injured his hip in Thursday's contest but that has nothing to do with his absence currently. It's unclear what the issue he's dealing with is but he's expected to be back with the team Monday and will likely return for Tuesday's game against the Suns.
Rubio (hip) left Thursday's game in Los Angeles with tightness in his left hip, and is questionable to return.
The Spaniard didn't have a point on 0-3 shooting before leaving the game at halftime. Rookie Kris Dunn started the second half in Rubio's place, and would get the majority of his minutes if he remains out for future contests. Rubio has been hot lately, averaging 13 points per game in his last six, much higher than his 7.9 season average, as well as 12.8 assists per game, surpassing his 8.1 season average.
Rubio posted 21 points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 13-14 FT), 14 assists, two rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes during a 122-114 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
The 21 points were a season high for Rubio, who needed just nine shots to get there, as he also attempted a season-high 14 free throws. Rubio has been fantastic as he's found in his groove over the last five games, with averages of 13.2 points, 14.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in that stretch. The shooting in that stretch is still poor however, at 36.4 percent. With double-digit assist totals in each of his last five games, Rubio appears to be making a more concerted effort to set up his teammates as he had not reached double-digits in assists in six straight games prior to this run.
Rubio finished with 14 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with 14 assists, four rebounds and four steals over 36 minutes in Friday's 96-86 win against the Thunder.
Rubio played his first 37 games with six double-digit assist totals, and only one performance with more than 10. Over his past three outings he has 14 or more assists, averaging 15.3. He has really come alive offensively, too, as his four-game double-digit points streak is also a season best.
Rubio posted 10 points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 17 assists, three rebounds and a steal across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 119-105 win over the Rockets.
It was Rubio's second consecutive game game racking up 15 or more assists, and the Timberwolves' second consecutive win. Not coincidentally, his gaudy assist numbers came in two games where his backcourt-mate Zach LaVine was either limited or sidelined, and Rubio was tasked with more of a playmaking role. The boon in assist numbers could be short-lived for the Spanish point guard as LaVine is expected to return to the Wolves' lineup on Friday against the Thunder.
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